Hostel Casa Iskun

The secret to business success really isn’t all that secret – be passionate about what you do while offering sensational service at a fair price, and treat your customers like family.  Combine these common sense tenets with a strong marketing and advertising plan, and you are well on your way to building a long-term, sustainable business.   These were the very ideas that Maria Morales and her daughter Alexa, who is currently working toward her degree in Marketing, had in mind when they opened the doors of Hostal Casa Izkun at…

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James Drummondo

Where are you from, and what brought you to Cuenca? I grew up in Los Angeles and spent most of my adult life on the coast in Orange County.  I was planning to retire in 2017, after thirty years in the Fire Service, but I was offered an early retirement package in 2011, so I decided to retire early.  We wanted to explore a different culture and Ecuador seemed like a good place to start.  My family and I spent our first 6 months in Manta enjoying the coast and…

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Date Night – Ed & Lynne Nadeau

Obviously, the first question I have to ask is, how did you two meet? L: I was managing a travel agency in Moncton, New Brunswick and Ed was introduced to me as a new customer. E: We were business associates for four years before we started doing things together. Eventually we started to go for drives, have coffee together, shoot pool, and go for walks. L: Then one day my car broke down and Ed came to the rescue. E: I think that was the beginning of the beginning. L:…

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CIS Tacky Christmas Sweater Party

Communities in Schools in Randolph County

Get on your ugliest, most creative Tacky Christmas Sweater & gather your friends for some drinks & music & dancing! Yes, we are talking about the Communities in Schools infamous annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party.The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Cetwick, 162 N. Cherry St., Asheboro, for what has become an annual holiday tradition. 2017 Planning Committee include Shannon Foster -Chair, Mark Strider, Beth Knott, Kurt Sullivan, Robin Necci, Laura King, Kelly Shipley, Isai Robeldo, and Aimee Scotton. Mary Lisk is spearheading the…

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Miss Cuenca, beyond the beauty

The year was 1924, the place: a vibrant city nestled in between Andean heights called Cuenca by its Spanish settlers, and Guapondélig by the Cañari people before them.  One hundred four years had passed since Cuenca had established her independence, and the renowned poets and passionate artists of this cosmopolitan city yearned for an official muse to call their own. She would embody the charisma, the timeless values, and the culture of the Cuencana people. And so, in November of 1924 Cuenca crowned her first queen, Lola Carrasco Vintimilla. By…

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Dr. Salamea

More than 2851 people have put their trust in Dr. Pablo Salamea’s skillful hands over the last six years.  Dr. Salamea is one of the foremost plastic surgeons in Cuenca, not only because of his extensive training and ability but also because of his humanitarian work.  In fact, he was the only physician from South American honored by Stanford University’s Resurge, International, in 2015 for his work providing surgery to needy children in Ecuador. Todd and Mary Freeman of Helping Kids in Ecuador (HKIE) call Dr. Salamea, Saint Pablo.  He’s…

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