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Palavela Home - Scottsdale Living March/April 2011

Former Olympic Skater Finds Success With Palavela Home

Palavela Home, an interior design business run by the mother-and-son team of Ryan and Sue O’Meara, has become a “must-see” along the art walk in Old Town Scottsdale.

A former Olympian, Ryan O’Meara had always wanted to pursue a career in interior design, but succeeding in ice dancing came first.

He describes competing in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, as a “whirlwind” and an “overwhelming experience.” O’Meara and his partner, Jamie Silverstein, placed 16th at the Games.

“If there weren’t pictures, I don’t think I’d remember it because it went by so quickly,” he jokes.

O’Meara’s Olympic experience has deeply influenced his interior design business. In fact, the name of the firm — Palavela — is also the name of the venue where he competed in Torino.

And this past winter, Palavela Home built its own ice rink, called Winter Enchantment, in its front patio. During the month of December, 15 percent of the skate rental profits and 15 percent of the store profits were split between four charities: Homeward Bound, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Ryan House and the ALS Association Arizona Chapter.

O’Meara, who is the principal designer at Palavela, says business is booming now, but that wasn’t always the case.

“My mom and I started a business at the worst possible time,” he says. “Beginning in the recession was tough, but we’ve been going strong for five years now.”

O’Meara believes Palavela Home’s success is the result of the great team he and his mother make.

“She handles the majority of the office and showroom work and I handle our clientele and going out to work on jobs,” O’Meara says. “We really balance each other out.”

The arrangement is good for O’Meara, because his favorite part of the business is working with the customer.

Palavela Home also sells furniture, lighting, accessories, gifts and fabrics. If by chance Palavela doesn’t have exactly what a customer wants, special orders are available from more than 300 sources.

For more information about Palavela Home, visit www.palavelahome.com.

 

Ryan O’Meara Opens Outdoor Ice Skating Rink In Scottsdale

Olympian Ryan O’Meara Opens Outdoor Ice Skating Rink In Scottsdale

If you’re from Arizona, chances are you haven’t experienced Jack Frost nipping at your nose while skating around an outdoor rink.

Bust out your mittens, hats and scarves, Arizonans, because that’s about to change.

Olympic ice dancer Ryan O’Meara is bringing winter fun to downtown Scottsdale. The rink will sit outside of Palavela Home, the interior design store he owns with his mother Sue O’Meara, for the month of December, and is open to the public.

“For me it’s so different skating outside,” O’Meara says. “[I’ve] spent pretty much my whole life on a skating rink. … [But] it’s completely different feel.”

The rink isn’t just about family fun, it’s also about bringing attention to downtown Scottsdale retail stores in a rough economy, O’Meara says. With an outdoor rink, customers get a chance to explore the shopping opportunities while having fun, he says.

The rink is “a way to boost the downtown Scottsdale area, as well as giving back to the community,” O’Meara says.

O’Meara teamed the rink up with four local charities, giving each charity a week in December to call their own. Each week 15 percent of store and ice rink sales will be donated to the designated charity. The charities, in order, are Homeward Bound, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, the Arizona Chapter of The ALS Association and Ryan House.

O’Meara will be out on the ice with his partner, Emily Nussear, and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. a local amateur skaters will put on a free show.

But if you’re looking to stake out a piece of the ice to practice your triple salchow or quadruple lutz, you should call ahead. The rink can hold only 40 skaters at a time, and O’Meara strongly suggests you reserve a spot.

This is a unique opportunity to skate outdoors in winter weather that doesn’t give you instant frostbite, O’Meara says.

Wondering how the ice is going to stay frozen? The rink will be made of synthetic ice, which allows skaters to glide around as if on real ice, but without the added cost of refrigeration.

On a side note, Palavela Home is named for the arena O’Meara skated in during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. After retiring from skating, O’Meara transitioned to a career as an interior designer.

If You Go:
Palavela Home
4222 N. Marshall Way
Scottsdale, Ariz. 85251
Hours: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily, except Dec. 23–25
Cost: $15 per 45-minute session–skates included
Reservations: 480-946-1006 or palavelahome@aol.com
www.palavelahome.com