Before working in one of seven New Mexico stores, each Wireless Express employee must first pass through extensive training in customer service, software, and device navigation. That way, staff can guarantee that, no matter what accessory customers are looking for or which phone feature they need help understanding, they can be out the door in less than 30 minutes. In addition to being a phone-and-accessory emporium and repair shop, each store also functions as a recycling center and trading post: staff will gladly take in discarded cell phones, chargers, batteries, and embarrassing text messages for safe disposal. The store also offers a trade-in program to upgrade devices.
Donna Nova uses her wealth of experience to take fledgling crafters on a one-hour glass-bead-making journey. In an intimate, one-on-one class setting, crafters learn foundational skills and basic techniques using a high-temperature torch before gradually moving on to bead juggling. Students create numerous multicolored glass beads side by side with Donna to become comfortable with the process. Once proficient, crafters embark on their own projects and leave the session with every bead they formed.
As a specialty running store, The Running Hub outfits, advises and supports able-bodied runners of all sorts with clothing, accessories, and technically advanced shoes. Like a jack-in-the-box, a foot may require different levels of support, spring, or weight, to properly launch itself out of terrifying musical containers. Find the right fit through an array of running shoes ($100–$140) from brands such as Adidas, Asics, and New Balance. Cushion weary soles with a breathable sock ($6–$12) to help prevent blisters and moldy toes. Running tops ($35–$60) and shorts ($35–$50) wick sweat from perspiring trunks, allowing for an optimally comfortable run. The Running Hub's knowledgeable staff is comprised of avid and competitive runners and running coaches whose dedication to the sport results in excellent customer service with an emphasis on finding the right gear for each individual sprinter to enhance mobility and prevent injury.
Dionne Christian opened The Teahouse in 2003, determined to supply tea lovers with exotic flavors culled from her travels in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and South Africa. Between the shop's own matcha blends and wholesale concoctions, The Teahouse distributes more than 150 international teas. Patrons can pair teas, lattes, wines, or beers with items from The Teahouse's massive menu, whose pastries, sandwiches, and other treats are created with organically grown and locally produced ingredients and hints of tea. To share their love of herbal beverages, The Teahouse's specialists host 90-minute workshops that cover a variety of tea-related topics such as tea blending, hot spiced tea, and how to spot iceberg seeds in pitchers of iced tea.
The Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour, organized by Edible Santa Fe and Home Grown New Mexico, spotlights chicken coops, produce gardens, and other self-hewn food-raising solutions constructed by six green-thumbed area homeowners. Sondra Goodwin smashed through asphalt, concrete, and astroturf to free up a half-acre space for her garden of unusual varietals, including water spinach, japanese mugwort, and a dancer melon that looks like a greenish Rick Moranis. The hydrophilic Baker family uses water-conserving contraptions to irrigate their densely fertile lot, and the scrupulously maintained fruit trees and vegetable beds of Home Grown New Mexico board member Don Emery enmesh onlookers in an aesthetic maze of landscaping intricacy.
Featured on Food Network, the creative confectioner at C.G. Higgins incorporates regional flavors into handcrafted sweets, including the award-winning chili pecan brittle ($3.50 for 1.5 oz.) and the Santa Fe Fiesta Mix of chili pretzels, cashews, peanuts, and wasabi peas ($3 for a 4 oz. bag). Suppress a sweet-tooth uprising with a sample of designer chocolate truffles ($3 each) made with all-natural ingredients. Or savor the sweet and salty conglomeration of C.G. Higgins’ many caramel-corn and nut-brittle varieties. Between browsing sessions, the sweet shop encourages you to get cozy and stay a while with free WiFi, free outdoor and indoor seating, and, thanks to a dog-friendly policy, free chances to pet your own dog.