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D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e    March 2008

Business Exposure

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Ch-ch-changes

Don and Lawana Beems are finally getting to retire. The longtime owners of Western Stationers, 703 N. Bullard St., one of Silver City's longest continuously running businesses, have sold off parts of their business and plan to leave the premises to new tenants by the end of May and start indulging their many hobbies, according to Lawana. "Don has been at this for 40 years, and I've been doing it for 34, so it's about time!" she says.

Two craft-related businesses will be moving into the space this summer. Thunder Creek Quilts, owned by the mother-and-daughter team of Nancy Coryell and Cindy Ugarte, will leave its Hudson Street location with hopes to move into the Western Stationers building around June 1. Coryell and Ugarte will expand their quilt shop's material offerings and classes, drop the mattress and furniture business that was part of their mix in the old location, and will continue Western Stationers' Hallmark and office-supply businesses, which they purchased from the Beems.

Jane Alley, owner of A Bead or Two, will add her business to the mix, leaving her Adobe Plaza location at 1607 Hwy. 180 to move down the hill onto Bullard Street, she hopes by July. "We're going to continue to sell all the beads and supplies and findings that we carried in the old shop, and we'll have room to carry even more," Alley says. "This gives me over 100 more square feet, and we will have a shared teaching room so more classes will be available."

Judy Billings, owner of Aunt Judy's Attic, 1950 E. Hwy. 180, will be buying out Western Stationers' rubber stamp and scrapbooking supplies when the Beems close down at the end of May, and adding it to her crafty inventory. She invites Lawana Beems' students to join her numerous ongoing and expanding craft classes.

In another switcheroo, Bill Blakemore and Pat Bouchard will move out of the Copper Quail gallery by the end of this month and open a new gallery, Moonstruck, maybe as early as April Fool's Day, at 110 Yankie St., the spot recently occupied by Ann Simonson's gallery. Simonson is moving up the block to the spot vacated last month by Eklektikas gallery, who moved up the block into Seedboat Gallery. Artist Karen Muench is staying put at the Copper Quail.



New Owners

Chuck Watkins has bought the Mr. Ed's Do It Center at 1401 Hwy. 180 in Silver City, and it is now a Sun Valley Hardware store. The signage will soon reflect the store's new identity, Sun Valley Do It Best. Watkins, who lives in Hatch, is managing the Silver City store, as well as the one in Hatch; with his business partner, he owns four Do It centers, the others located in Las Cruces and Deming.

It's more than a "pipe dream." Under his corporation, LD SD, LLC, Steve Dominguez and his brother Lupe Dominguez have purchased the Smokeshop, the busy little tobacco kiosk business at 1408 N. Hudson St. in Silver City. "We own the auto spa, so this was a good opportunity to expand our ownership in the area there, because it's right next door," Steve Dominguez says. He confirms the brothers plan to keep operating the quaint kiosk business in its unique drive-up location right behind their car wash bays "at least for the present time." 388-5575.

Sible and Edie Tharp are the proud new owners of Sunshine Inn, the tanning salon at 225 E. Idaho Ave. in Las Cruces that also sells sandals, swimsuits and chic Marc Chantal leather goods. The mother-and-daughter duo are long-time Las Crucens. Edie says, "We're very excited, and we're adding some Texas Leather Company purses and Woodwick candles to our inventory." Woodwick candles are those nice ones with the wooden wicks that crackle like a fireplace as they burn. 525-2300.



New in Town

Kathryn Elms has registered her new business, Azumi Japanese Embroidery, and construction of a traditional-style Japanese embroidery studio is well underway at her Silver City property. "It will be a serene, quiet setting where classes will be offered for people to learn traditional Japanese embroidery. Products we will be using are all top quality from Japan. We are scheduled to open by July and by then, the Japanese garden also will be done," Elms says. She completed her five years of study with teachers in the Japanese Embroidery Center in Atlanta, a recognized school from the Japanese Kurenai-Kai tradition, and passed her exam last October, making her a certified teacher of this exquisite ancient art. 3912 N. Blackhawk Road, 534-4663.

Margaret Hopper has registered her business Margaret's Flowers in Silver City and plans to supply wholesale fresh cut flowers to local florists. Also, look for more of her famous dahlias and gladiolas at the Silver City Farmer's Market this summer.

In Las Cruces, Home Repair Contractors, a business that will perform remodeling, service repairs and maintenance for homes and businesses, hopes to open by March 1 at 1412 Portland Dr. The company is owned by David Herrell and Gary and Connie Lane. The Lanes have built homes and developed land for more than two decades, with Gary also a partner in Lane Plumbing Co. in Alamogordo. Herrell owned and operated a real estate and appraisal business and recently operated Time Out Travel Center in Alamogordo. 647-9898.



In the Money

Three new Citizens Bank branches are set to spring up around Las Cruces. Construction at the 3030 W. Picacho Ave. location should be complete by the end of April and bank president Justin Harper expects to be open for business by mid-May. The new 9,000-foot full-service location, which cost between $2.5 million and $3 million, will include 4,000 square feet of space available for lease. Another 6,000-square-foot branch is planned to go in near the corner of University Avenue and Telshor Boulevar, where new construction is underway. That branch is planned for 2009. And a third location is planned for the East Mesa area, north of Hwy. 70, near Sonoma Boulevard.



Bigger and Better

Kathy Grubbs, RN, BSN, checks in to say that San Vicente Home Health Care has expanded its coverage area to include Deming, Columbus and Lordsburg. "We're still going strong in Silver City, where San Vicente is already so well known," Grubbs says. As noted previously in Business Exposure, San Vicente Home Health became part of Las Cruces-based Coordinated Home Health last year. CHH was not a direct provider of Medicare services, Grubbs notes. "But with the partnership with San Vicente, we are able to provide Medicare home services now as well to patients in these areas." 538-0912, (888) 538-0912.

Styles In Motion, the Las Cruces dance and gymnastic clothing and accessories business opened by Rhonda Masters, a businesswoman and former registered nurse, has expanded. Masters' husband, David, began remodeling the store at 1770 S. Telshor Blvd., Suite B, last summer when a chiropractor vacated neighboring office space. Masters says her store, having doubled its size, boasts increased storage and an additional fitting room and now carries an expanded line of ballroom dancing apparel, in response to that activity's growing popularity. 521-3855.

There are great new improvements at Mountain View Market in Las Cruces, including a fresh coat of paint, remodeling and expanded product offerings. The store has added a new freezer and produce case, and a baker is making artisan breads daily on site. "We're just trying to make everything fresh and better," a spokesman confirms. 1300 El Paseo Road, 523-0436.



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