Spotlight: An Interview with Kelly McLean of Splash House

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Kelly McLean is Vice President of McLean Company Rentals, a vacation rental, real estate and property management company based in Palm Springs since 1985. She is a member of the Palm Springs Tourism Advisory committee, Palm Springs Woman’s Club, Desert Aids Project, Ophelia Project, and National Charity League.

In 2013, Kelly co-founded and produced the successful Palm Springs music festival, Splash House, with her brother Tyler McLean.  Blending poolside fashion, community and music at some of Palm Springs’ hippest hotels, Splash House has presented artists ranging from Moby, Cut Copy and Chromeo to Anna Lunoe. Tyler and Kelly were recently awarded the “Rising Star […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: An Interview with Chef/Restaurateur Chad Gardner

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Chad Gardner has over 20 years of fine dining hospitality experience and is the Executive Chef and Owner of Dash and a Handful Catering, a full service Catering, Craft Services and Special Event Company in Palm Springs. Known for his use of exotic, bold spices and surprising flavors, most recently Chad closed on the purchase of PHO 533, a Vietnamese restaurant in Palm Springs. 

Kate Buckley: Chad, tell me how you came up with name “Dash and a Handful”?

Chad Gardner: Dash and a Handful is and homage to my mother who was a restaurant owner and cook—and it is how […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: An Interview with David Rothmiller and LD Thompson of The LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs

Email this pageDavid Rothmiller and LD Thompson are prominent Palm Springs filmmakers at TrickDog Films as well as published authors, and have just launched a new venture, a nonprofit Group/Family home for LGBT Youth based in Palm Springs. The mission of The LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs is to provide a physical and emotional environment of health, education and kindness for LGBT teens in Foster Care in the Greater Palm Springs area. LD, who is also a columnist for Huffington Post, recently published an article about what they’re doing with “The LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs” which was featured on “HuffPost Gay Voices.”  Additionally, you can learn more from this short informational video produced by […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: An Interview with Modernism Week Chairman Chris Mobley

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Chris Mobley opened his midcentury modern design store, Just Modern, in 2011 in Palm Springs. He currently serves as the Board Chairman of Modernism Week Palm Springs. Most recently, he collaborated on the book, “The Desert Modernists: The Architects Who Envisioned Midcentury Modern Palm Springs.” 

Kate Buckley: Chris, what led you to open your store, Just Modern—specializing in unique, midcentury modern inspired home accessories, art furniture and decor—in Palm Springs? 

Chris Mobley: My partner and I bought our home in Palm Springs in 2010 and immediately went on the search for art, decor, furniture and accessories. In particular, we were searching […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: An Interview with Palm Springs City Council Candidate, Geoff Kors

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Geoff Kors currently serves as Government Policy Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), best known as the organization that actually sues state governments on behalf of LGBT couples for Marriage Equality, and pays for the legal cases for co-plaintiff couples from that state. At NCLR, he spearheads work on local, state and federal legislation and government policy. Previously, Geoff served for nine years as Executive Director of Equality California where he led the effort to transform California from a state with almost no legal protections for the LGBT community to the state with the broadest protections in the nation. Geoff’s experience also includes representing […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: An Interview with Developer & Philanthropist Richard Oliphant

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Richard R. Oliphant is the President & Founder of Oliphant Enterprises, a leader in the construction and development business. An acknowledged forerunner in the building industry and a firm believer in returning to the community what one has received from it, Richard’s record providing community service is extensive. He served two years as Planning Commissioner, six years as a City Councilman, two years as Vice Mayor, and eight years as Mayor for the City of Indian Wells, CA. 

Richard is also a Founder and Former Chairman of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, as well as Founding Chairman and current […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: An Interview with Selby Dunham, Founder, BIGHORN Behind A Miracle

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Selby Dunham is the founder of BIGHORN BAM (Behind a Miracle). Inspired to save the lives of Coachella Valley cancer patients, BIGHORN Behind A Miracle raised over $1.285 million last season for cancer patient support services, breast cancer diagnostic technologies and educational scholarships during their five-month long fundraising campaign.

BIGHORN BAM’s 2013-2014 fundraising dollars benefited The Pendleton Foundation and Eisenhower Medical Center. The Pendleton Foundation received $150,000 to help cancer patients relieve some of the financial burdens while affording their treatments. In addition, BIGHORN BAM has given $1,000,000 to the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center to support a Giotto Mammography machine, allowing the patient additional […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: An Interview with Designer Trina Turk

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Famed fashion designer and business visionary Trina Turk is renowned for putting the iconic Palm Springs style on the international stage. Known for her bold prints and dynamic hues that celebrate the relaxed Palm Springs resort lifestyle, Trina is greatly respected locally as the pioneer who first took a chance on what is now the flourishing Uptown Design District in the City of Palm Springs. The shopping destination, celebrated around the world by tastemakers and lovers of fashion, furniture, design and all things modern, is now an ultra-cool style mecca due in large part to Turk’s initial investment. In […]

Share on Facebook Spotlight: An Interview with Philanthropist Peggy Cravens

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Peggy Cravens is a former child singing star who today works tirelessly to provide young people a chance to succeed. This champion fundraiser has established a legacy of giving. In addition to co-founding ACT for MS and reviving the internationally renowned Joanna Hodges Piano Competition, Peggy has served on numerous boards, including the Palm Springs Art Museum and the College of the Desert Foundation, where she is also a past president. She and her late husband, Donald, donated $3.5 million to COD for a Student Services Center. In 2002 the Desert Sun named Peggy as one of 75 residents making a significant impact […]

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The Top 3 New Year's Resolutions from Palm Springs Movers & Shakers!

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For the last Spotlight of 2014, I invited some of my favorite interviewees from 2014—and it was difficult to choose as there are so many amazing people I had the pleasure to interview this year—to share their top three resolutions for 2015. They are a talented and diverse group—eclectic to say the least—and their answers were as varied as their authors. Some wrote in generalities, others in specifics; some a few sentences, others took a more…novel approach. I hope you enjoy reading them as much I did. Best Wishes for a Peaceful, Prosperous, Palm Springs-style 2015! XO Kate

Susan Stein

Susan Stein is the long-time fashion editor of Palm Springs […]

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