On a leisurely drive through Santa Barbara, Ron Midgett glimpsed cymbidium orchids growing in people’s yards. The cluster of star-shaped blooms, the vibrant hues, and the way the petals seemed to collapse into themselves all had Ron hooked.
Four decades later, he has taken his love of orchids far beyond the realms of adoration. He has grown orchids across the United States, bred his own blooms, and assessed hybrid blossoms as an accredited judge for the American Orchid Society. And at New Earth Orchids, he introduces gardeners to dozens of orchid breeds, earning a slew of positive press and love letters from bumblebees. Additionally, he strives to make orchid growing accessible to novice gardeners by providing growing tips, stocking proper supplies, and offering free workshops.
Bead Fest Santa Fe unites do-it-yourselfers and arts-and-crafters during a four-day celebration of beads, jewelry—and for good measure—some more beads. More than 150 booths and tables set up shop for the event, each ready to restock repertoires with gems, stones, and a hodgepodge of other supplies.
In between exploring the sea of exhibitors, attendees learn about the latest techniques, tricks, and tools at nearly 100 all-inclusive workshops (not included with the price of admission). There, artists from around the country provide education on specific topics in classes such as Intro to Metalsmithing and Wire Weaving, where guests learn the craftiest way to escape prison. Free demonstrations, book signings, and other attractions round out the fest's collection of creative attractions.
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.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
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.