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Do you ever wonder what inspired me to become About Town Deb?

The Gift of Adoption – The first person to inspire me would be my Mom known as Granda B, Brenda. Her strength to give the gift of a child made it possible for my adoptive parents, Terry and Tony – aka Nana and Papa. Together they are the reason as to why I became the individual I am today. These two have always shared their love for family, the community and friends. From day one, they made sure I felt at home, felt loved and felt secure. They both worked hard each and every day and made sure we said our prayers before meals, in the mornings and at nights. We also never missed mass! Faith was a huge part of growing up.

 

Nana and Papa never gave up on me. They always made sure I was healthy, had extra tutoring and speech therapy to help build up my confidence. They made me feel special and showed how much love and care they had for me. Nana and Papa truly influenced me in countless ways, but I would say the biggest influence they had on me was their faith, love and Grace they shared with everyone.

 

I grew up as a very self-conscious little girl. At the age of 6, I had a stutter that had stopped me from wanting to speak because I constantly felt embarrassed. When I started middle school, I got over my fear and started becoming the bold, confident and independent woman that I am today. My first major step was when I became active in the student council of my junior high school and high school.

 

I have always loved fundraising and bringing the community together. The very first fundraiser I participated in was a “somersault-a-thon” – where I took pledges from donors who would contribute a nickel per somersault. The event ended up generating a couple thousand dollars for the cause. This being my first successful fundraiser was when I began falling in love with the potential of what I can do…gathering the community, spreading positivity and helping those around me. I do want to add that there were many times when I had to give a speech and the spelling salts were brought out. I never gave up and to this day I never know when I might freeze.

 

I continued to grow and continued to love what I was doing. I LOVE to see a wholesome, happy community, and I LOVE being a part of our community. As my tag line says, “My Town, Your Town, Any Town, Let’s Connect.”

 

Throughout high school, I continued to participate in student government, such as being the event coordinator for dances, clubs and many other school events. Skipping ahead to adulthood – I decided to step away from my career at the time, and switch my focus to my adopted father. I became my adopted father’s (aka Papa Tony) caregiver after he suffered from a heart attack.

 

As Papa Tony started to recover, I did everything I could to take care of him and made sure he enjoyed the rest of his time. I did this by taking him on adventures all over Reno-Tahoe to explore, to enjoy life’s beauty and to fully experience what this beautiful region had to offer.

 

Papa Tony was loved by all and built a great reputation here in Reno. He was able to enjoy the rest of time with many laughs, great company, beautiful views and countless memories. He was a great soul, and I was fulfilled that I was able to be there for him and make sure he enjoyed his time. Being my dad’s caregiver for his last ten years was truly the best gift I could have ever asked for.

 

After my father’s passing, I continued to be involved in the community. Something I always reminded myself then, and even now, is that “it’s what my father would have wanted.” That is what continuously inspires me to do what I do. One of my greatest accomplishments was raising $35,000 in one night for a local tumor patient. I have continued to love my community, and all those that I encounter daily inspires me.

 

My About Town Deb’s media outlets now reach over 30,000 people and only continues to grow. I love embracing my passion for wine, food, travel and most importantly the community. I love sharing my experiences and seeing our community so wholesome and happy. To my family, neighbors, community members and local businesses, thank you for always being there to lift me up, share your stories and allow us all to become one and continue to make our world a better place. Remember #TogetherWeAreOneHeart and with that Heart we can do anything.

Deb’s Pick – 10 Torr Distilling & Brewing

10 Torr Distilling & Brewing is a #DebsPick, and I’m going to tell you why.

 

10 Torr is known to be one of few distilleries in all of the world that does vacuum distillation, and they produce all products straight from grain to can. 

 

What I love about 10 Torr is how extraordinarily unique and fascinating this place is. They incorporate their engineering skills into their business by hand-building their very own tanks and distills. 

 

I spoke with Annalisa, the Beverage Manager, Craft Spirit, and Beer Director at 10 Torr, about why she loves working at 10 Torr. “My favorite part about working at 10 Torr is able to work around some really smart and talented brewers and distillers,” said Annalisa. “They are the reason we made it through this pandemic.” 

Annalisa is very passionate about her guests. It’s precisely what Reno and 10 Torr are all about – community, family, and home – and you can see that their customers feel the same way. Each time I’m in there, the 10 Torr crew is quick to welcome me and put a smile on my face. These individuals create an environment that makes everyone feel welcomed and cared for. 

 

“The team I have behind the bar is more then I can ask for. There are strong bonds between each of us, and we all work so hard and well together,” said Annalisa. “I couldn’t be managing a better spot!” 

 

Now that we’re mentioning 10 Torr and cocktails…I am excited to announce that 10 Torr will be serving a new “About Town Deb-inspired drink” called the ‘Debster!’. The ‘Debster’ is a beer-whiskey combination made with vacuum-distilled coffee liqueur and topped with a cinnamon stick to add that hint of spice.

 

The inspiration behind the ‘Debster’ came from the fact that I am now getting into whiskey. Annalisa had me try 10 Torr’s beer-whiskey, made from thei Oh, Honey Blonde Ale, and I LOVED it. This led Annalisa to ask me a few different questions, which then brought us to the ‘Debster’ – a coffee-inspired old fashioned. Debs Whiskey-inspired Old Fashioned will be available on the menu in November!

10 Torr makes sure everyone is always having a great time. Every team member gives off the best energy and makes this place a pleasant spot. 10 Torr will always be a Reno favorite and a #DebsPick.

 

I am so proud to call Annalisa a friend and to have been able to watch her grow as a business woman who loves to continue giving back to the community. She is also a fantastic mentor for so many young and up-and-coming mixologists. If you haven’t had the chance to check them out yet, 10 Torr Distilling & Brewing is located at 490 Mill Street in Downtown Reno! You can find out more about them at https://10torr.com/

My Martha Design Boutique

Nestled on Main Street in historic downtown Placerville is My Martha Design Boutique—a fantastic upscale women’s clothing store with plenty of charm.

 

The store itself is a perfect representation of its owner, Martha McGuire—warm, colorful, and full of personality. Martha is an artist by trade, and her love of art is reflected in the beautiful pieces of jewelry she creates and sells at her store, as well as the variety of clothing items available.

 

The boutique was an idea that Martha’s husband encouraged her to pursue as an alternative to the strenuous work of being a decorative artist, which had her painting ceilings 40 feet in the air. When they came upon a storefront for rent in a darling courtyard in downtown Placerville, they knew they had found the perfect spot for Martha to sell her jewelry creations and other beautiful items.

 

Through her art Martha has brightened up the homes of many people—through her store she is brightening up the City of Placerville and beyond. She is a firm believer that love is the most important thing in the world, and conveys that love to all who visit her.

 

Martha now spends her day helping her clients find the perfect treasures—and there is no shortage. From casual wear to wedding gowns, My Martha Design Boutique has something for every woman. This #DebsPick is a must visit!

 

You can find Martha in downtown Placerville, or online at www.mymarthadesign.com!