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

Business Exposure

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Mike Brinton — yes, the same Arizona-based businessman whose deal to buy the Buffalo Bar fell through (see Business Exposure, March 2008) — has opened Silver City Tours, offering 13 different historic town and wilderness tours. Among the offerings are a Billy the Kid tour, a Guided Downtown Walking Tour, Historic Downtown tours via an electric Hummer H3 cart, mine tours, an underground tunnel tour, a haunted house tour and a tour of local saloons. 210 N. Bullard, (602) 684-7199, 480-837-6186, silvercitytours.com

Samuel E. Romero, a professional barber for more than 35 years, has opened The King's Den at 4625 Pinon Plaza, the spot formerly occupied by a hypnotherapy clinic. Romero moved to Silver City in December from Utah. "I do straight cuts — good, basic men's cuts," he says. 801-556-0641.

In the "I can see clearly now department," Jay Scott has opened Jay Scott Window Cleaning, a Silver City-based business serving Grant County. Scott does residential and commercial cleaning. Free estimates on-site. Call Scott and he'll be out within a day to survey your glass-cleaning needs. 534-4603.

Artist Deborah Hutchings has just opened Hutchings' Fine Art gallery at 211 B N. Texas St. in Silver City in the space recently vacated by Bob Swisher's Last Day In Paradise. Hutchings will show her own works in watercolors and oils as well as that of other artists in the future, and describes her gallery's theme as "contemporary views of the West." 313-6939, www.debhutchings.com

Jennie's Piece of Cake is open at 11787 Hwy. 180 in Arenas Valley, serving up authentic Mexican pastries, made fresh daily, ice cream floats and sundaes and more. Stop in for a treat or to special order a wedding or birthday cake. Traditional Mexican Bollio bread. Open Tues.-Sat, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., "Unless I run out before that!" says the owner.

Heidi Pirtle wants to bring it on home to you through Chow Bella, her new Las Cruces-based personal chef service company. Pirtle, who attended the Culinary Business Academy in Rio Rancho, first visits the customer at home, does an extensive interview to discover food preferences, eating style, any health conditions and allergies, then devises a custom menu. Once the customer okays the menu, Pirtle goes shopping for ingredients. She cooks in the customer's home, using her own utensils, and leaves some meals fresh in the refrigerator for immediate consumption, then freezes the rest, with heating instructions. Fees are determined by number of meals required and are in addition to the grocery costs. 635-7666, www.chowbellapc.com



Going Green

There are two new companies to turn to for earth-friendly "green" housing, one renovating and building green homes from the ground up and another, a real estate firm, offering consultations for constructing or renovating earth-friendly domiciles. Lizard Stone Builders is the new name of Mark Austin and Daniel Clements' green-building construction company. Clements formerly owned Stage Ridge, a construction company. The two builders decided to join forces, Austin says, and created the Lizard Stone identity. "We're all green, doing zero-energy green homes," says Austin, who describes their customer base as "mostly residential, some commercial." 388-5548, 538-1233.

And Realtor Gary Edwards, with seven years in the business and after working locally for a year with another firm, has created his own company, Gary Edwards Investments. The company offers buyers and sellers free consultation about energy-efficient construction and renovation. Sellers choose the commission they pay, from "full service" to "client participation" options. Edwards previously trained real-estate agents and specialized in contract management. 590-4458, garybbedwards@gmail.com, www.silvercity-realty.com



Bigger and Better

Sierra Community Counseling Center is moving into bigger digs, leaving its building in downtown Silver City for the ex-Many Moons building on Hwy. 180. The business' owners, Michael and Theresa Danlin, purchased the Many Moons property, which has much more land around it, some of it already fenced. Sierra Community Counseling Center specializes in art and experiential therapies (see Body, Mind and Spirit, October 2007); rope and obstacle courses and a climbing area already are under construction on the grounds. "We've already held some of our groups at the (new) facility," Michael Danlin says.

April Redbird describes her business expansion at Star Mountain Trading by saying, "Essentially, we've added a store within a store." Redbird and husband Gregory Jaekel have added a significant amount of scrapbooking and stamping inventory — 500 kinds of paper, sophisticated crafts items like special inks and embossing powders, cardstocks and much more — to their shop on Bullard Street, already an established purveyor of clothing, jewelry, beads and related supplies, books and decorative items. They've also added a brightly decorated and spacious crafts room, where Redbird says scrapbooking, jewelry and card-making classes will be taught. 409 N. Bullard St., 534-0377.



Going, Going, Gone

Desert Blossom Books in Silver City has gone out of business, leaving a lot of red ink on its own books. Kim and Larry Polanco had purchased the business, originally SOS Bookstore, and then last November moved it from College Avenue to 109 N. Bullard St., next to City Hall and across from Syzygy Tile.

With the mini tidal wave of furniture store closings in the city, one begins to fear that Las Crucens may soon be sitting on milk crates, dining off plywood-n-cinder block tables! Coyote Traders, a purveyor of antiques, decorative items and furniture for 30 years on Pichacho Avenue, has closed. The space will be turned into a repair shop for a neighboring business, True-Value Hardware.



Coming Soon. . .

Ground is scheduled to break this month for a new childcare facility, the Grant County Community Childcare Center, in Silver City. It was announced late last month by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who helped secure more than $160,000 for the project. The facility is projected to open by spring 2009.

The old Economy Inn at 2160 W. Picacho Ave. in Las Cruces is more than halfway to its new incarnation as an American Best Value Inn. The husband and wife team of David Girle and Elina Sihombling has already spent about $600,000 renovating the hotel — open for business the whole time the work has been underway — and expect to spend around $1 million by the time the transformation is complete. The changes include completely upgraded rooms, new AC units, spiffy bathrooms and wi-fi. The couple moved to the area to escape the high temps and rising cost of living in Phoenix. The hotel will have 100 rooms, and Sihombling says she hopes to lease out the property's restaurant.

Pecan Valley Plaza, a new commercial center, will be built at the corner of Valley Drive and Avenida de Mesilla in Las Cruces. C.J. Pierce of Steinborn GMAC Real Estate says the old building, which used to house a fireworks store, will be torn down to make way for the new 55,000-square-foot facility.



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