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.
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.
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.
Anna and Sancho Soeiro operate their Canyon Road café five days a week, serving organic fare largely sourced from local farmers’ markets. Dish n' Spoon Cafe's menu spans soups, salads, and sandwiches (made with chicken-curry salad, for example, or roast beef and horseradish), and caters to the noncarnivorous with veggie burgers and veggie lasagna. The café itself is housed in what was a one-room grocery store for 70 years; after moving in, the Soeiros decided to reflect the welcoming environment and community loyalty it represented in the repurposed space.
Cubbies of knickknacks, sculptures, and other gewgaws and gifts line the walls, creating an atmosphere of cozy, quaint chaos. The faces of frequent customers smile from a Star Wall of pictures, and kids chomp organic PB&J or grilled-cheese sandwiches before running off to play in the restaurant’s special kids’ corner. A Santa Fe Reporter write-up notes some of the café's Santa Fean charms—"quirkily mismatched" plates and silverware, and a patio where patrons can sprinkle sunshine and shredded clouds on their meals.
New Mexican correspondent Rob De Walt describes how, in 2009, Mayor David Coss declared August 14 Dish n’ Spoon Day in honor of the Soeiros’ consistent dedication to volunteer work and community service—they've been involved in historic preservation, the Buckaroo Ball, and a court-appointed advocate program for survivors of juvenile abuse or neglect. Every Monday, Dish n’ Spoon runs on a pay-what-you-can price structure, allowing patrons to live within their means or finally use that stash of leprechaun gold that banks refuse to convert to U.S. dollars.
Nambé has been a family owned company since 1951. The company uses its own unique metal alloy and a 15-step casting process to produce high-end tabletop, gift and home décor items. Nambé maintains the resultant metal designs have the beauty and luster of silver and the strength of iron, yet will not crack, peel or tarnish.
The spoke-tightening gurus at Santa Fe Mountain Sports guarantee safe travels by helping to maintain snow- and terrain-traversing gear with snowboard- and ski-waxing sessions and bicycle tune-ups. Riders can bring home a new snowboard from Atomic, a new two-wheeled steed from Kona or Intense Cycles, or rent outdoor equipment and camp out in the backyard while their home’s crocodile infestation is being taken care of. In addition to transportation devices, a large selection of mountain-scaling apparel and accessories from Roxy, Armada, and Eurosocks equips adventurers for alfresco treks.
New Mexico Magazine showcases the diversity of its namesake southwestern state, documenting the fiestas and colorful characters of its tiniest communities along with the nightlife and gourmet cuisine of its metropolises. Founded in 1923, the publication stands as the country’s oldest state magazine, still piquing the interest of more than 100,000 readers after almost a century. One of its recurring features, the “Tasting NM” column, delights readers with favorite recipes and food facts, which can range from how to best prepare lamb to the easiest way to boil toast. Each of the magazine’s monthly issues pivots on a theme, such as October's “History and Mystery,” an issue that guides readers on a journey through local heritage, travel, and folklore.