Hi, my name is… Julie Rohlfing. I am the owner of Q Bar and Grill and Quaintly Qute.
I’ve lived in the North Valley for 20 years and I love it because… There is space and the Sonoran Desert is so beautiful and unique in its topography. Living in the North Valley gives me the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful mountains, blooming cacti, and the ability to ride my horse right out of my front gate.
A typical day in my life… Is anything but typical. Owning and operating two business keeps me on my toes. Every day is different seven days a week.
My family… Has gotten smaller over the last few years. Both of my parents are deceased. I have two siblings—my sister Laura and my brother Jimmy. My sister is a very important part of my life as we are very close. My husband JR is my solid gold. He is my everything: supportive, hardworking, kind, and the love of my life.
One thing I cannot live without is… My furry friends. I am an animal lover. I have two horses, a Paint and an Austrian Halflinger, that I ride frequently. My inside friends are Koa, a 145-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback, an English Labrador names Luke, and a small but feisty Corgi mix we call Romeo.
My favorite movie I could never get tired of watching and why… “Pretty in Pink” with Molly Ringwald. She is a strong female character from the 80s and a fashionista that could make something out of nothing.
When I was younger, I wanted to be… As a little girl and to this very day, my dream job would be to work as a fashion designer. I love to create! Being a daughter of a home economics teacher taught me the basic skills I needed and, as for the rest, I shoot from the hip. With trial and error, I eventually pull it all together perfectly.
The song I would sing at Karaoke night is… “I Love This Bar” by Toby Keith. That song describes The Q Bar and Grill to a tee.
The one person who motivates me is… My best friend Lisa McDaniel. She is brilliant, driven and she truly believes in me. She is excellent at all of the things I am deficient in, making us the perfect team.
The last thing that made me laugh out loud was… The last real out loud laugh I had was with Lisa at the Arabian Horse Show. This year I was a vendor for my design business Quaintly Qute. We had a faulty mannequin and taking her apart piece by piece and shoving her under the table with an audience was priceless! I laugh every time I think about it.
My favorite local nonprofit is… Hospice of the Valley (hov.org). They have impacted my family in so many ways and I absolutely love them. I do a large annual event with another restaurant group that raises several thousand dollars a year. All my charity dollars go to them.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received… “Don’t cut your nose off to spite your face.” My dad taught me that. It is one of the most important golden rules in business.