Spotlight: An Interview with Mary Jardin

Mary Jardin is the co-founder and Director of Marketing for The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, a theatrical revue of music, song, and dance, from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s…performed by a cast old enough to have lived it. In 2006, Mary received the Palm Springs Athena Award, given annually to notable women in the community for professional excellence, public service and active assistance to other women. She’s currently serving as the 2012 Athena Awards chairwoman. In May of 2007, she was recognized by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who honored the Follies as the 37th Senate District Small Business of the Year, selected by Senator Jim Battin, who stated, “The Follies exudes entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, hard work and dedication, the very elements that make small businesses the backbone of our state.” Currently Mary sits on the Executive Committee for the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism and is on its Marketing Committee, is a member of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is a member of the Leisure Sales Committee of the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention and Visitors […]

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Jean-Claude Constant

Jean-Claude Constant is the Owner/Host of Pomme-Frite, a restaurant specializing in French & Belgian Cuisine. Jean-Claude brings the ambience of a cafe in Brussels in his native Belgium to the heart of downtown Palm Springs. 

Jean-Claude, you opened Pomme-Frite in 1999, and I have enjoyed dining there ever since! What led you to open your own restaurant? 

Back in 1995, I reunited in Palm Springs with a friend of 20 years from my home town in Belgium. We were both between jobs and decided to join efforts and open the restaurant.

You were born, raised, and educated in Belgium. What brought […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: An Interview with Paul Lewin

Palm Springs City Councilmember Paul Lewin is the third generation of his family to call Palm Springs home. His parents and grandparents owned the iconic Adagio Galleries and B. Lewin Galleries in Palm Springs for decades. Paul began working in the family business in 1985, at age 14, starting as a salesperson and moving up to become gallery director and owner in 1999. He has a BA from UCLA in Geography/Environmental Studies and earned a Master’s in International Development from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Since 2006, Paul has served as CFO to K&L Endeavors, an innovative distance […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: An Interview with David Lee

David Lee is a nine-time Emmy award-winning director, producer, and writer. He wrote and produced The Jeffersons and Cheers, and co-created, wrote and directed Wings and Frasier. David also has many live theatre credits. He lives in Palm Springs where he’s active in local philanthropic endeavors.

David Lee

David, you have such a stunning biography. And with your work on the award-winning comedy series, Cheers and Frasier, you’ve arguably helped shape the modern American pop-cultural landscape. Did you always know you wanted to be in arts and entertainment?

Pretty much. I have a vague recollection of writing a letter to Walt Disney […]

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