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(Lots of) Favorite Things Friday

Posted: April 23rd, 2010 | Author: lexi | Comments: No Comments; | Post a Comment »

The weather may be on the “meh” side right now, but that’s not keeping us from T-ing G it’s F. Why? Well, there are about a million fun things going on this weekend, for one thing. Here are just a few that the ATM staff has been talking about this week:

1: Tonight, ABQ Trolley Co. is presenting its Fourth Friday Sunset Tour. It departs from Old Town (Plaza Don Luis) at 6:30 p.m. (and lasts until about 7:45). For $10 you can check out all the ABQ sights in the city’s only open-air trolley!

2: Runway Apparel Fashion Show: tomorrow (4/24), 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Miss New Mexico, Nicole Miner, hosts a day of fashion wtih hourly prize drawings and a fashion show to promote education and awareness benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Check it out at Runway Apparel (5901-D Wyoming Blvd. NE). I mean, really: is there anything more stylish than supporting a good cause?

3: Downtown Growers’ Market: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, enjoy some of the area’s freshest local produce, gourmet cheese, pasta, tamales, fry bread, baked goods, and tons of other appetite-whetting goodies at Robinson Park (Central Avenue and Eighth Street).

4: Gathering of Nations Powwow: You definitely don’t want to miss out on North America’s biggest powwow. Traditional dances, entertainment and music, Native American cuisine… the Powwow has it all. It’s today and tomorrow at The Pit.

And we would be totally remiss if we didn’t mention that our own staff photographer, Don James, will be signing copies of his new book, One Nation, One Year, at the powwow. He spent a year in the Navajo Nation, documenting the experience with his camera. It’s the coolest. (Ooh, and please vote for it in Pepsi’s Refresh Everything—if it’s in the top ten vote-getters, the project gets $5K grant to be used in helping promote understanding of the Navajo Nation!)

5: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk: Take a hike—for a good cause! On Sunday, 4/25, walk with hundreds of others from Cottonwood Mall to support breast cancer research.

6: Enchantment Pet Resort and Spa: A SPECIAL offer just for you ATM readers who love pooches! This weekend, purchase a bag of any chicken-flavored dry dog food (Wellness, Taste of the Wild, Innova, California Natural, and Flint River Ranch brands, 15 pounds or larger) and get a rubber chicken squeak toy for $1 (they’re usually $8.99). Partake of the goodies at 580 Quantum Rd NE, Rio Rancho, 891-4100.

7: And for sure check out the Galileo: Messenger from the Stars event at Explora on 4/24, 1–3:30 p.m.

So what are you doing this weekend?

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Gena’s Busiest Week Ever: Day Four

Posted: February 8th, 2010 | Author: admin | Comments: 1 Comment | Post a Comment

Last week, ATM’s sales director, Gena, set out to have the busiest week she’d ever had. Check out the fourth-and-almost-final day of her quest.

Thursday, February 4:
4 meetings
1 lunch
1 drink
1 dinner
157 miles driven

Appointment #1: I started my day in the best possible place: a spa. I met with Melissa Hernandez at Full Circle Wellness Center, who just moved into a new location on north Fourth Street. It’s definitely the most tranquil spa in Los Ranchos. Melissa’s menu of services is almost too long to list—suffice it to say, she’s got something for everyone. She renovated the building to add a magnificent eastern view from the salon room. I learned about her organic product line, the “green” nail polish, and their private exercise room. Wish I could’ve gotten a massage before I left—I’m gonna need one by Sunday.

Appointment #2: I met with the lovely sales and marketing ladies of Hotel Albuquerque for lunch in their café. If you haven’t been on a tour of the newest venue in the city, I encourage you to schedule one. Casa Esencia is the old Maria Theresa restaurant on Rio Grande. The hotel purchased the building, renovated it, and redesigned it into a post private event center. This place is soon going to be the must-go place to see and be seen.

Appointment #3: When I first walked into ABQ PetCare, I felt like I’d forgotten something. I’ve never been to a vet clinic without a pet! Turns out it’s a more relaxing experience without a sick puppy—and it’s a great mood-maker. See this puppy? I played with her for 15 minutes before my appointment with the docs. She’s a Yorkie, just like mine (shout out to Buckley!), and now, I believe I know what I’m asking for my next birthday. Dr. Tim and Dr. Kerry are a father-daughter veterinarian team. Dr. Kerry opened the practice last September. They’re open seven days a week. She gave me some great advice for my little Yorkie and also mentioned that she has a call-in radio show every other Sunday at 1 p.m. on 770 KKOB.

Appointment #4: Derrick Lente and I met for coffee at Starbucks (I’ve got a ginormous to-go cup collection in my car from all my coffee dates this week). Derrick owns Spherion in ABQ. I could plug his business, but I’d rather tell you about how much of a great guy he is. He has a staff of four, and every time I see them they are the happiest people around. He’s not only a good boss, but an all around fun guy. He sponsored a team in ATM’s Corporate Roll last year, and even though they didn’t win (he disagrees with my scoring system) he was a good sport. Look for some cool stuff between ATM and Spherion. We’ve got a lot of big ideas.

Appointment #5: Zea Rotisserie and Grill is, for me, the best happy hour on Montgomery. It’s close to work, its got a great drink menu, and they have specials such as $2 off appetizers. You can get their incredible Mediterranean hummus and a glass of wine for $10. General manager Chuck Lindsay was there to greet us, and reminded me that I’ve got to try their desserts… not til dinner though. And that’s another appointment all together.

Appointment #6: Page Fullerton, advertising manager at ATM, is as busy as I am this week. Then again, she’s always busy. We found time to have drinks with our good friend over at Rick Johnson & Company. Page and I couldn’t convince Laura Cowan to drink Jack Daniels with us (and, for the record, she didn’t drink at all until after 5 p.m.). Whenever we get together, it’s normally down to business, but this time I made Laura email me after the meeting because we were having too much fun catching up. Here is some of our plan to take over the world (or at least part of Albuquerque):

  • Enchantment Pet Resort in Rio Rancho was featured in our February issue, and they’re coming on board for our new Pet Section in 2010.
  • Papa John’s is already an annual advertiser with ATM. They had a killer Super Bowl deal, but check the ATM Facebook page for secret specials.
  • Garcia Automotive: I bought an Infiniti last year, and I love it. We’re hoping to get them in for a bigger presence this year.

Appointment #7: Over an excellent dinner at Artichoke Café, I learned that Dr. Julian Rowe and Dr. Judy Lei of Integrative Med Spa have finally found a permanent home at 3846 Masthead St. NE, over by Journal Center. They just celebrated their grand opening last month and are still enjoying the newness of their beautiful space. They offer the latest in anti-aging, coupled with integrative Chinese Medicine and supplements. Dr. Rowe is an OB/GYN and Dr. Lei is a pediatrician as well as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Together, they make an incredible couple and great business partners. They just put up their first outdoor billboard on I-25 North, near the ATM offices and are planning on unveiling a new treatment in March (watch the pages of ATM for more info!).

Gena’s week is almost up—be sure to check in for some special guest stars!

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