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Katie Fletcher of Rancho Las Palmas

One wouldn’t think that Katie Fletcher—growing up outside Tampa, Florida before interning in the public relations department of a skilled nursing facility in the Sunshine State—would see serving as the marketing coordinator of a glamorous Rancho Mirage resort as the next logical step in her career path. And yet, that’s right on the money, thanks…

Dar at the bar

Dar at the Bar

Convivial Darius Farzaneh, 38, longtime bartender at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion in Rancho Mirage, prefers for customers and colleagues alike to simply call him Dar. “Or they call me ‘the Dartender,’” he says, chuckling. “That gets a lot of mileage.” No matter his moniker, Dar—who has lived in the desert for most of his life, and…