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


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Crafty Move

 

Thundercreek Quilts and A Bead or Two bring a new
creative center to Bullard Street.

 

Plus: Ophthalmologists eye Cruces, "green" building, Many Moons site sells, new "Mr. Ed's" fires up, Star Mountain adds paper crafts. . . and more business news.



Step into the storefront at 703 N. Bullard St. that housed Western Stationers for decades and you'll experience the union of that fine old store with Silver City's new creative center, the partnering of Thundercreek Quilts and A Bead or Two. Those two business have relocated from Hudson Street and Hwy. 180, respectively.

Nancy Coryell and Cindy Ugarte, the mother-daughter owners of Thundercreek Quilts, stand at the new entrance to their business. (Photo by Donna Clayton Lawder)

The familiar Hallmark brand cards and gifts are all there, colorfully greeting customers from chockfull racks. Head straight down the center aisle and find Silver City's full-service downtown office supply store, still stocked with sturdy reams of paper, passels of pencils and pens, index cards and sticky notes and more.

But now on the other side of the aisle are bolts of colorful cloth, a dazzling array of threads, buttons and sewing notions, a mini library of crafting how-to books. And over on the far wall is a glittering little world unto itself, where racks and shelves hold precious jars and strands of sparkling beads, and glass cases display handcrafted jewelry.

Nancy Coryell, who owns Thundercreek Quilts with her daughter, Cindy Ugarte, explains the crafty metamorphosis.

"We purchased the entire Hallmark business, the office supply business and the Russell Stover business from Don and Lawana (Beems). I know a lot of people thought Western Stationers was just gone, but all the Hallmark, all the office supplies, that's still here," she says. "And once we get things a little more organized, we'll be expanding!"

Coryell and Ugarte dropped the mattress and furniture business that was part of their mix at Thundercreek Quilts' old location, bringing all things quilt- and sewing-related to the new downtown spot in June. Karen Rossman, along with her partner Ken Hansen, purchased A Bead or Two from Jane Alley in May and moved that business down the hill from its former Adobe Plaza location to the Bullard Street storefront at the end of June. Coryell says she and Ugarte will keep the Western Stationers name for at least a year, adding signage for the two new businesses in the near future.

"Western Stationers has a good reputation, it's an established business," Coryell says. Her husband, Ernest Coryell, will run the office supplies business. "We've got all the standard office stuff that people need, and we can order anything we don't have in stock already and get it in just a few days." Some new gift items will be added to the mix there, she says.



All three businesswomen fairly bubble over with enthusiasm for their new location, citing added space for inventory and crafts classes, downtown foot traffic and ample parking. Then there's the dynamic symbiosis of their respective businesses, forming a creative center that they think fits into and will enhance the downtown scene.

Both Coryell and Rossman acknowledge they are happy to be kitty-cornered across the street from Yada Yada Yarn. Of Yada Yada's proprietor, Suzie Calhoun, Coryell says, "She's got an amazing, thriving thing going. With us here, I hope this will be a hub for creative women and that we'll benefit each other's businesses."

Rossman adds, "I can see people coming here, then going over there (to Yada Yada Yarn) to see what else is available, and vice versa. Creative women are into many different things."

Coryell and Ugarte are excited that the new space also allows them to expand the sewing machine sales part of their business. Ugarte says Thundercreek will offer Bernina sewing machines by October, thanks to an arrangement with Marsha Cowan of the Bernina Sewing & Design Center in Las Cruces (see Business Exposure, June 2006).

"She'll travel up once a month for classes, and she'll sell machines," says Ugarte, who is certified in sewing machine repairs. "That means, with the dealership, I'll be able to get certified parts for repairs. I'm in heaven!" She adds that Thundercreek plans to carry Janome and Pfaff sewing machines in the future.

The Thundercreek duo also is inviting other local experts to teach classes at the store, "once we get our back rooms cleared out and get organized!" Coryell says with a laugh. Already planned are classes in quilting, sewing, soap making and crafts like creating artsy purses. Ugarte says she just finished arranging a display of the purses that can be made from patterns and materials the store sells.

Classes also are high on Rossman's agenda for A Bead or Two. "We had our first class already, creating an embroidered, beaded cuff," she says. "Shannon Curry from Two Spirits (Gallery) will be teaching every second Saturday." She pulls out two Egyptian-looking beaded necklaces, "ornate beaded collars," to show the kind of projects Curry will teach at the shop.

Also a teacher at Silver City's Western Institute of Lifelong Learning, Rossman plans to offer classes in cold connection metal and wirework among others at her store. She pulls out three substantial necklace charms — "peas in a pod," made from copper sheet and glass or copper beads — as examples. Josh Stretch, another instructor who also manages A Bead or Two, will offer classes in looming, wirework and basic beading.

"We've got a good variety of classes planned," Rossman says. The shop will offer "open beading sessions" on alternate Saturdays, working with the Silver City Bead Society that meets at Alotta Gelato each month, and add kids' classes down the road.

"We fit eight people around that table right there last week," Rossman says, pointing out a golden wooden table illuminated by the sunlight streaming in two large picture windows. She estimates that one of the classrooms on the premises will hold 12-15 crafters.

Trying to see past the things yet undone, Coryell and Ugarte look over at Rossman, still setting up shop, and at their own storefront that's coming together.

"It's a great move," Coryell says with a smile. "It's a great downtown location and the mix of our businesses feels good."

Ugarte nods and adds, "It's perfect! God smiles on us when we need it. I always say that."



Thundercreek Quilts (538-2284), Western Stationers (538-5324), and A Bead or Two (388-8973, abeadortwo@cybermesa.com, are all located under one roof at 703 N. Bullard St., Silver City.



Closing Down

Chris and Sally Raphael, who own and operate Workshops of Carneros in downtown Silver City (see Business Exposure, March 2007), have decided to close up shop, most likely by the end of this month. He says, "It's been a fun 14 years, but it's time to go play with the grandkids." Look for even better prices on finished and unfinished furnishings, he says, as the store holds an inventory liquidation sale. 405 N. Bullard St., 538-8889.

Silver City Ophthalmology is shutting down by the end of this year, but the practice will live on — still served by Drs. Neal Apple and Edward Hernandez — in Las Cruces. Apple sold his practice to Hernandez, who has been practicing in the Silver City office. Now that a non-compete clause in Las Cruces has run out, Hernandez has decided to return there, where he will practice fulltime and Apple will practice two days a week. Apple says he is interested in other areas of healing — he has a small psychotherapy practice in Silver City and has been studying with curanderos to learn traditional Peruvian plant medicines — and the stresses and overhead of running a fulltime ophthalmology practice took too much time away from those other interests. "So the solution for me was to sell the practice to someone else and then work for him," Apple says. The Las Cruces practice will be called Eyes of the Southwest and be located at 2810 N. Telshor Blvd. Apple says that until December, patients can make their appointments through the Silver City office by calling 538-3721. After that, they should call the Las Cruces number, 523-2020.



New in Town

James and Anthony Chavez have fired up a new business, Mr. Ed's Stoves and More, selling stoves and hearths at 1775 Hwy. 180 E., right next to All-Glass MD. The brothers and former owners of Mr. Ed's Hardware, now Sun Valley Hardware, say they hope to be open by midmonth. "The area is gutted and being renovated right now. We sure don't have our showroom together yet, but we're already doing business," says Anthony Chavez. The business will have 30 units on display. "We service all makes and models. We do in-house service. People can bring their stoves to us for work," he says. "We do cleaning and installations, free installations, inserts and the works." The business has a stove technician on staff. 590-1967, 590-1763, 538-1552.



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