Key News #101 - 17th Jun. to 16th Aug. 2015


Animal Care España has been served with a notice to complete approximately 50,000 Euros worth of renovations within a very short time span. As there has been such a huge outcry from the locals, this has been extended for another couple of months, but Ace need your help more than ever now. Please sign the petition (see details on page 33). Ace does the most outstanding work to save and re-home all the dogs in their care and if they are closed down, we dread to think what will happen to the 350 dogs in the shelter. If you are an animal lover, you can help in many ways – (a) by adopting a dog. (b) donating to the charity or perhaps (c) hold a fund-raising event.


the local charity that supports women and children who have been the victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives has thought of an innovative new way to raise funds. They have set up a Facebook page – Sell to Donate - where you can use their online shop to grab a bargain, or sell an item and at the same time donate 10% to help the women survivors begin a new life. Please see page 9 for more information.


Pamela is a Conscious Living & Health Coach, Raw Foodist and the Founder of BioVidaBox. She has been working with nutrition and holistic therapies for over 10 years. She created Bio Vida Box to fulfil the demand for a healthier, more natural, sustainable and cruelty-free lifestyle service. She searched far and wide, tested all the products and selected only the best quality items so that you can relax and enjoy with the guarantee of Bio Vida Box.

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Bio Vida Box brings you true health and seeks for the ultimate nourishment to our bodies and lives with the aim of balancing our daily lives with natural conscious living. All of this has taken months and years of learning and fine tuning regular supplies to satisfy daily vitality. Some of the products found within either the Beauty or Food box include – Skincare, Make-up, Fragrance, Nail-care, Soaps, Drinks, Herbs & Spices, Teas/Coffees, Snacks, Nuts, Seeds, Dried Fruits, Plant Oils and Supplements. Try our Mini Box for only 13 Euros! Our subscription service is easy. Select either a Beauty or Food box, then choose whether you want our mini sampler box or the large box with full sized items. Select your subscription plan and sign up! Please see page 21 for more information.


made its debut on the popular BBC programme “The Dragon’s Den” and the two women “Dragons” invested in the concept. Local resident, Anne-Marie Randall has now brought the concept to the Costa del Sol. So if you are longing to wear those heels to an outdoor event this summer but are thinking it may have to be the flip flops again as you don’t want to sink into the grass or sand or ruin your really expensive new heels, then think again as this is the solution. Please see page 11 for more information.


has been established since 2003. De Napier Property Services S.L. specialise in Property Management on the Costa del Sol, covering areas between Mijas Costa and Estepona, looking after your property when you are unable to. We offer a personal, professional and trustworthy service, tailored to suit your needs. De Napier is a Spanish registered company, licensed to trade in Property Management and all of its additional services provided. We provide our clients with a complete package of ownership care solutions, giving you comfort that your property is in safe hands. We offer services from short term holiday lets with a Meet & Greet service, cleaning, laundry and changeovers, to longer-term rental solutions. Whatever your needs, we can design a package to suit you. For clients who do not wish to rent out their property, we also offer a Key Holding Service, which enables us to complete a thorough weekly property check. Additionally, we also cater for holiday lets and short/long-term rental properties in the areas of Riviera del Sol, Miraflores and La Cala de Mijas. Please visit our website for more information,


If you are having problems with your eyesight, you make an appointment to visit your optician. What happens when you have problems with your hearing as this sense is just as important? Now you can make an appointment for your fully-qualified audiologist to come and visit you. The hearing test is free. There is a 7-day free trial period and a 60-day, money-back guarantee plus FREE forever aftercare. Discounts are also available for pensioners. Please see page 15 for more information.


Please note that Elite Glass Curtains, the local specialist manufacturers and installers of glass curtains that protect and reduce the effects of dust, wind, noise and rain, have now moved their showroom. Please see new contact details on page 45.


are a professional building company established for over 18 years on the Coast. Simon and his team are all qualified tradesmen, fully legal with 100’s of happy clients. The team pride themselves on high quality and a remarkable finish. From tiling, plastering, fitted wardrobes, all types of carpentry, bespoke marble designs, bathrooms, kitchens, windows and doors, there is no job the boys cannot do. Why not give Eurofitters a call or check out the website for a free non obligation quote? Competitive prices by a professional, reliable and friendly team. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Please see advertisement on page 44.


offers private healthcare plans including BUPA transfers and full dental cover. Extra options are now available FREE with all “Mas Salud”, “Professional” and “Premium 500” plans. Please see advertisement on page 15.


A series of concerts have been organised by Big M Promotions this summer, with two this month - Swing Night featuring the Andy Peacock Big Band and a tribute to Bruce Springsteen. In August there are three more great concerts - a tribute to Bon Jovi, a tribute to The Eagles and finally a Classic Rock Concert. Please see pages 64 and 65 for more information and a chance to win FREE tickets in our special COMPETITION. You can also see more information on page 66 of this issue of the magazine.


has a special introductory offer on their innovative VIDEO BIZ CARDS this summer until 30th September. Please see page 3 for more information. We also have special offers for the rest of 2015 on Screen Advertising at Snack Attack and Caffe Stella which now include the VIDEO BIZ CARD. Please see page 67 for more information on this. Does Google recognise your website as being “Mobile-Friendly”. If not, then as from 21st April this year, websites have started to be penalised in that they are gradually slipping down the search results. If your site is not currently “Mobile Friendly”, then you may soon find that none of your potential new customers will be able to find it. Please see page 69 for more information.


as the name implies, offers all kinds of traditional trades under one roof from their newly opened shop on the top floor of the El Zoco Commercial Centre (near Mario’s Barber Shop) in Calahonda. From traditional shoe repairs, shoe dying and lasts to key cutting and remote control copies, knife sharpening and clothing alterations and repairs. Warm, friendly service. Please pop in and save yourself time and money by having an item repaired locally rather than having to go to the expense and effort of replacing it. Please see advertisement on page 44.


was established in 1972 by two American ladies to give the Mijas children the opportunity to explore their artistic abilities. Set up as a charity with donations, the Art Centre studio is situated in the heart of the village overlooking the Plaza de la Peña. Luella, the children’s teacher, was a much loved personality, still talked about by those who attended her popular class. Today Nancy Holt runs a great class with some very talented children. To enable us to keep going, as in the past, we offer adult classes in a range of subjects that include art, craft, sculpture, photography and Spanish to raise the much-needed funds to keep us open. We are always on the lookout for teachers with new talents and of course more students. Every year the Town Hall has an exhibition of our work. We have taken a stand at the Mijas artisan market, held every Wednesday in Plaza de la Peña, selling works by teachers and students. We organise competitions too - our latest is for children of the community to design a T-shirt with the Mijas logo, a donkey and an easel. The three winners will get a T-shirt and tickets to the Aqua Park. The T-shirts will be sold to benefit the Art Centre. For more information call Caroline on 653 916 688 or email Please see advertisement on page 23.


Talk of the Town – ´Music of the Night´ returns to Marbella.

The hit show “Music of the Night” returned to Marbella recently with another astounding show, and has fast become the talk of the town. The 2-hour show was literally filled non-stop with boundless energy and superb performances of songs from the very best of West End and Broadway musicals, as well as some of the most well-known classical arias. Starring and produced by Tenor, Stephen Lloyd-Morgan, the show took us through a journey of the best of musical theatre, and included songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, Children of Eden and Hair, through to Evita, Rent and Phantom of the Opera, culminating in an up-tempo finale with songs from Grease, Sister Act and Mamma Mia! Starring alongside Stephen, there were fantastic performances from the amazing Adele Lee Peters, Raul D´Abreu, Lucy Indrisie and Julie-Anne Hunter. It was of little surprise they were rewarded with several standing ovations throughout and at the end of the show. Music of the Night has most certainly brought the heart of the West End and Broadway to the centre of Marbella and the Costa del Sol and we are very fortunate to have this show on our door-steps. This exclusive season of shows continues at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel, Marbella on 10th July, followed by 31st July, 21st August and 12th September. Tickets on sale now at and at the reception of the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel. Photos on the previous page have been provided by Johnny Gates. Please see advertisement on page 63.


Natalia will be available on the Costa del Sol for all kinds of massage including de-contracting, toning, relaxing, anti-cellulite, Osteopathy and Chiropractic, foot massage and lymphatic drainage. Natalia is fully qualified. Appointments will be available from 6th to 18th July inclusive. Please see page 21 for more information.


the office in La Cala offers an expert, one-stop shop for all your currency transfer needs. The team is there to provide on-the-ground support, expertise and added value for both clients and business partners in Spain. The office is staffed by people who have also relocated to Spain so they understand how important it is to make the most of your money transfer. For more information see the advertisement and editorial on page 43.


has been open now for just 4 months. This shop has quirky gifts, home decor and jewellery and is truly ‘different’. It is a great, friendly place to browse and you will leave giggling at all the signs! Locally handmade items are also stocked to include Raspberry Garden soy-based, long-lasting candles and melts, Eunique Gemstone Jewellery, Vida Natural Skincare and silver jewellery locally made in Mijas Pueblo.They even have a key cutting service and locksmith, Security of Spain, based there. If you are struggling for a present idea, visit the shop in Jardin Botanico, La Cala de Mijas, as there is something for everyone. If you can’t find what you are looking for, they can find it or get it made for you - just ask either by private message on Facebook – Somethingdifferentmijas - or call Jackie on 655 395 336 or Julie on 634 323 108. Please see advertisement on page 30.


is a licensed RYA Training Centre and can be found in the lovely, picturesque port of Cabopino. Splash Watersports has been operating for 18 years and offers Dolphin Trips where you also might be lucky enough to see Whales, Sunfish, Flying Fish and Turtles. You can get a full HD video of your trip to remember the fantastic day you had. At Splash Watersports you can also enjoy all sorts of aquatic fun such as Rapid Rib Rides, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Airstream, Fishing Trips, Private Functions and NEW to Splash is Luxury Boat Charter. Splash Nautical at the same location can help you with Boats and Moorings, Chandlery Items and Licenses for Boats and Jet Skis. Please see main ad on page 27.


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