A Message from the Associate Publisher Alexander Hafizi – Feb/Mar 2019
It’s 2019 and we are happy to share another issue of élite Magazine and élite Wedding Magazine with the Santa Clarita Valley. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Our team has been working hard to get this issue of new and exciting things in our community and further to you. Let me start off by congratulating all of the winners in our Ultimate Beauty, Bridal, Business and Fitness categories. When you are around town be sure to stop by these places and congratulate them as well. Peak inside on all the great products and services that won in the various categories. On our cover we highlight a stunning, young women who embodies confidence inside and out. One might say she is a model citizen… See page 8 for her story.
Our Ultimate winners all shared one thing in common, and no, it’s not the SCV. It’s Instagram and their ability to inspire us with their feed. In honor of their inspiring accounts, we incorporated “the gram” in this feature. See page 14. This issue also features another gorgeous collection of all things wedding. Putting together this romantic issue was truly special as my partner Arnold and I got engaged over the holiday season. We are excited to start planning our wedding and can draw lots of inspiration from this issue of élite Wedding Magazine. From the Fab Finds to reasons why a wedding planner is important, we’ve got you covered. Are you ready for your bachelorette/bachelor party? Inside you will find a feature on not so traditional ideas for an amazing weekend. This is all information you won’t want to miss when planning your wedding, so I hope you enjoy flipping through these pages.
A giant fan of the restaurant, I was happy to feature owner/chef Daniel Otto and his lovely wife Shawlyn of The Old Town Junction. Our Million Dollar home feature this issue will amaze you. I actually had the pleasure of seeing this house at the Henry Mayo Holiday Home Tour last year and it is absolutely phenomenal. Speaking of phenomenal, BSH Landscape & Hardscape Design combines artistry and experience to create luxury resort-style masterpieces. Don’t miss their feature on page 80. If you are in search of a way to make your house a home, be sure to check out Consumer Furniture. We got an up close and personal interview with the owners Greg & Lisa Moser. It’s inspiring to learn how they have kept the family business going for so long in Santa Clarita. Read all about them and their journey on page 82.
Catch up with our columnists like wine expert Eve Bushman, chef Nadine Young and SCV Business whiz Holly Schroeder. We also feature our arts commissioner and our look at filming — SCV Reel Talk. All of these features are interesting and informative additions to the issue. Have you heard the name Mike Copenhaver? It’s a must read on page 94 where we share how this one man started an afterschool program that has served 800 students and counting. The story encourages us all to do more good work.
Want to get another dose of inspiration? Save the date for Empowering HeArts 2019. Read about this year’s Honorees on page 18 and get your tickets for the event on February 8 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. You will get the chance to meet all of the honoree’s and learn all about their courageous stories. We hope to see you there.
Since it’s the new year, we have something new instore for our readers and local businesses— a New Ultimate Award series highlighting Gentlemen in Business. Get ready to start voting for all of your favorite guys that do business in our valley. I’d like to thank everyone ahead of time for voting for these awards. We appreciate your time and input. We firmly believe our Santa Clarita businesses deserve these awards for all the great products, services and experiences they provide here in Santa Clarita. On that note, cheers to you and your family.
Until next time,
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