A Message from the Associate Publisher Alexander Hafizi
With summer in full swing, this issue is packed full of hot stories and features of local talent and hidden gems in the Santa Clarita Valley.
First up we have Rowan Smyth as our cover star. Some of you may know him as Mayor Cameron Smyth’s son but others know him as a young actor. He has already become such a star. (See page 8)
Our Ultimate Dining Award winners are in. I would like to personally congratulate all of the winners this year, we have a wonderful selection of restaurants in our valley. Thank you also to the thousands of Santa Clarita residents who voted for their favorites. Flip to page 10 to see who won. As well as voting for their favorites, readers had the opportunity to share there favorite dishes with everyone in our Reader’s Choice Perfect Bite feature on page 18.
We at èlite Magazine pride ourselves on bringing you great stories that have a close tie to Santa Clarita. Featured in this issue are four doctors from Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital giving you a closer look at what they do to better our lives. We also featured Dr. Bruce Pelkey previously the Dean of International Students at College of the Canyons, he has a phenomenal story read all about his retirement plans on page 58. We also had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Judy Fish, whose story will amaze you, this lady fell in love with Paris and travels there whenever the opportuity arises, but her heart is right here in the Santa Clarita Valley, see page 44 for this story.
Inside this issue you will find our èlite Weddings magazine on page 29. Follow Megann and Nathan Buchanan‘s wedding, a local couple who recently tied the knot at Newhall Mansion. We asked our wine expert Eve Bushman to talk to us about wine and champagne for your wedding on page 40.
What comes after a wedding? Well a house of course. In this issue we are featuring a million dollar house of your dreams. An amazing house that happens to be for sale in Agua Dulce. Think of all the fun you could have in your brand new home. See page 72 for more details.
Speaking of fun, we are pleased to feature Legoland and the new Legoland Water Park as Great Escape feature. We recommend it for the whole family read more on page 64.
We continue with our Dynamic Couple, Laina and Rob McFerren who started Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company 20 years ago. Also in this issue, see how 62 years of a dedicated partnership works with our Looking Back featuring Marvene and Donald Like.
Robert Reed is in the house! Robert is a local successful entrepeuner who has taken his brand, Ergo to an international level. Read about him on page 68.
I would like to take a second to thank everyone for the support and love we at èlite Magazine have received recently. We can’t thank everyone enough and we really hope you enjoy this issue. Find us on social media and tell us what you think.
Until the next issue,
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