Keith West-Harrison can't squeeze his job title on one line of a resume. Yes, he's an aesthetician. But he's also a lifestyle coach, celebrity beauty advisor, humanitarian, and self-proclaimed "eco-urban shaman." In 2009, New Mexico Business Weekly included Keith's name on its annual "40 Under Forty" list, celebrating his entrepreneurial excellence and achievements at his airy, urban spa, Great Face and Body.
Amid gleaming hardwood floors, international decorations, and lots of black leather, the team at Great Face and Body caters to the skin needs of all ages. Specialists freshen frontages with both preventative and restorative facials, ranging from 20-Something treatments to the None-of-Your-Damn-Business facial for clients 60 or older. Services employ only organic and sustainable beauty products, which Keith and his posse develop and handcraft in the store using many locally cultivated ingredients. The spa also integrates 5,000-year-old Native American, African, and Ayurvedic wellness principles to provide a challenging tongue twister to any reporters who stop by for interviews.
At Santa Fe Comic Con, visitors have a good chance of glimpsing at least one member of the X-Men?although, if tested, she probably won't be able to control the weather. The three-day event is known for its elaborate, fan-made costumes, the best of which the team immortalizes in an online gallery.
When they're not admiring the caped crowds, visitors enjoy the main attractions: panels hosted by film, TV, and comic book stars. Visitors can also peruse booths, stocked with comic-book memorabilia, such as free-floating thought bubbles.
From owner/proprietor Paula Manning Lewis's harmonic interpretations of guitars to painterly creations by Caroline C. Blaker, Chroma Studios houses a bevy of local and cultural pieces. This month, the creative hub hones in on the works of New Mexico artists and celebrates its two-year anniversary. View a list of showcased artists here to get a feel for featured talents. Chroma's collection includes jewelry, ceramics, photography, and mixed media.
Local designers take credit for the stylish outfits accessorizing Adorn Boutique's mannequins and tabletops, with western-chic apparel representing Modern Cowgirl and sterling-silver and 24-karat gold vermeil jewelry standing in for area artist Dream Mullick. Modern Cowgirl's slogan shirts—such as the inspiring I Ride My Own White Horse navy tee ($24.95) and the Live for Today gray tank ($34.95)—help fashionistas speak their minds even if they’re hoarse from serenading a horse. To prep for a romantic dinner, evening at the ballet, or elite air-cello jam session, pair the Perfect Little Black Dress ($69) with chandelier-style Whispering Opera earrings ($19). Dream Mullick's fine accessories include a pair of Victorian Coils ($75) and a small silver sacred heart charm ($22). A medium silver Vision Quest charm carries the inscription "imagine living life in peace" ($49) to give patrons something else to imagine than living life in peas.
David Edwards, cofounder and president of New Mexico Tea Company, is a bona fide tea lover, so much so that he once tried to drink 40 cups in one day. He appreciates the drink's soothing fragrance and flavor, but he also praises its health benefits. "Tea acts as a neutralizer for the body, so anything that may be out of whack—sleeping patterns, weight problems, headaches—tea works to balance the body and get you back to normal,” he told Local IQ.
With the help of a small, dedicated team of tea aficionados, Edwards blends some of the bulk loose-leaf teas onsite and imports others directly from growers around the world. Mild rooibos, Chinese puerh, and oolong are a few of its specialties, and each has a distinctive flavor along with high levels of antioxidants.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.