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  D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e   January 2009

Business Exposure

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Cheers!

Datura Therapeutic Day Spa owner Cheri Crane and her husband, local architect Mark Richard, last month purchased the building that for more than five years and up until New Year's Eve housed The Twisted Vine, a wine bar. After some, excuse me, cosmetic renovations, Crane will move operations out of the shared rented space Datura has occupied on 12th Street in Silver City for seven-plus years, to the new, much larger quarters. She adds that she is looking forward to expanding the spa and Bare Escentuals boutique in the New Year. 534-0033.



Bigger and Better

First New Mexico Bank in Silver City is branching out. A new branch office, with full lobby services, drive-up banking and ATMs, will be erected where the old gas station recently was torn down next to Dairy Queen on Hwy. 90, according to Donna Monzingo, senior vice president of operations. Monzingo says the Hwy. 180 main offices will remain and that the new branch will add convenient access from downtown.

New things are perking at A.I.R. Coffee in Bayard. Beginning with the New Year, the company is providing catering services for meetings and special events with fresh-baked pastries and hot pots of its famous java. The company's gregarious owner, Louis Baum, says he gave the catering aspect a test run last month with good success, and adds that he's enjoyed meeting new and interesting people through those efforts. Looking to shake even more hands — and further expand his client roster — Baum also is starting up a door-to-door coffee and tea delivery business. "When I was younger, living in Detroit, Mich., there was a company called The Jewel Tea Company and they came around each week door-to-door selling coffee, tea and condiments," Baum says. "Mother, I remember, used to buy from them. We will just be delivering coffee, fresh-roasted in Bayard, along with teas from phone orders." Delivery days are Tuesdays and Thursdays, Baum says, within a 20-mile radius of Silver City and with no delivery charge. A.I.R. Coffee, 208 Central Ave., Bayard, 537-3967, www.aircoffee.biz.

Holiday Inn Express has rolled out a new carpet. The Silver City hotel has recently undergone massive renovations and upgrades, including new carpeting throughout, a completely refurbished meeting room and new LCD high-definition TVs in all of its 61 guestrooms. Lanny Olson, who has co-owned the hotel with his wife, Jill, since October 2003, says the hotel recently won — for its second year in a row — the chain's Hotel Excellence Award, putting it in the top 75 Holiday Inn operations out of 1,600 worldwide. "That's based on guest-satisfaction scores, so it's a reflection on our facility and the service of our fine staff, so that's an honor of which we are particularly proud," Olson says. 1103 Superior St., just off Hwy. 180 E, behind Wendy's, 538-2525, www.hiexpress.com/silvercitymm



On the Move. . .

Bernina Sewing & Design Center is on the move to a new store. Owner and quilting maven Marsha Cowan says, "We are moving to a bigger store and better location! Besides increasing our fabric and machine display area, our classroom will be double the size, and Izzy, our repair man, will also have a bigger area for repairs. Our new location will allow us to expand our inventory of fabrics and add some new products and notions as well." The new store address is 1600 E. Lohman in Las Cruces, just three blocks west of the old location, near Si Senor Restaurant. After completing the big move over the holidays, Bernina Fabric and Sewing Center will re-open in its new location on Jan. 5. 523-2000, www.bernina-lascruces.com, info@bernina-lascruces.com

And Alegre Health Haven has moved from its location on La Colonia Street to 920 N. Alameda Blvd. in Las Cruces. The company's owner, Carol Wortner, says the move to the grand old historic building affords the one-year-old business much room to grow, going from 1,800 square feet to 4,500. Alegre offers massage therapy, yoga and meditation classes, infrared saunas and more. 523-0685.

Also on the move in Las Cruces, Allied Burglar & Fire Alarms has moved to larger digs at 2201 N. Mesquite St., where it will have more room to display its wares. Owner James Neeley had the 6,300-square-foot building built and plans to rent out two-thirds of it. 527-2151.



New in Town

Gasoline Alley, a shop selling "kustom lifestyle apparel and more," has opened at 2460 Locust St., Suite H, in Las Cruces, former home of The Beach. 532-5400, www.shopgasolinealley.com

A dance studio is slated to take the space on Las Cruces' Downtown Mall where Dutch's Meat Market used to be.



Going, going, gone. . .

Thunderstruck Gallery, the graphics art business on Cooper Street in Silver City, has closed and a sign announces that the storefront is for rent.

The Flying J, a fixture at so many area rest stops from Lordsburg to Tucumcari and beyond, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last month. The company, which operates more than 250 travel oases, says services will not be interrupted. A statement from the Ogden-based oil company cites a drop in oil prices and lack of available financing due to instability in the credit markets.

Now that the holidays are over, even Santa's elves are hanging it up. Ninos del Cielo, a toy store in Mesilla, is closing due to retirement.

And the Corn Maiden Gallery, also in Mesilla, has closed.



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