CFT Décor and Gifts: New owner, new name, same old charm

CFT Décor and Gifts (formerly Country Furnishings of Taos) has been a town fixture since Mary Shriver opened it in 1986. Last July Franchesca Zoppe bought it from her. Story and picture originally published in Taos News A circus performer, Vietnam-era Navy veteran, registered nurse, and former Silicon Valley executive, Zoppe has reinvented herself as…

Two beauty experts set up shop at Yucca Plaza

For those who want to take better care of their skin, Missy’s Organic Skincare and Spa and Bella Pelle (two businesses under one roof at Yucca Plaza) will be a welcome one stop shop.                     Story and picture originally published in Taos News “We want to make this…

Danielle Kennedy’s spirit figures blend the commonplace, sacred

Kachinas have been originally used by Native people for religious and ceremonial purposes, but they are also sought after by museums and personal collectors. Story and pictures originally published in Taos News They are made to represent spirits of the natural world and can personify animals, plants, and even Nature forces like wind and water. Carved…

Quality pet food at an affordable price

When Diane Dau moved from Minneapolis to Taos 9 years ago she immediately thought about starting her own business. Originally published in Taos News “But I waited several years because I needed to know the area first,” she said. “The first rule in business is identifying a need so you can fill it.” She noticed…

The Fire Playce: Where art meets fun

Lara Craddock has never been afraid to follow a dream. She opened The Fire Playce as a mobile party business in 2012, practically on a whim. Story and picture originally published in Taos News “That year, in the summer, I visited a paint-your-own-pottery studio in South Dakota,” she said. “I had never been to one and…

Beaudacious Bubbles: A hobby turned into a business

Handmade soap has become increasingly popular as a chemical-free alternative for the green-conscious crowd. Some enterprising people, like Edie Buchanan, have made a career out of it. Photo and story originally published in Taos News Buchanan started her soap company, Beaudacious Bubbles, in 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona, as a creative outlet. “It was really a…

Creative Framing reopens under new ownership

Creative Framing, a shop that has been a Taos fixture for over thirty years, has a new owner and a new location: James “Jim” Cox has reopened in The Enchanted Plaza, on the corner of Salazar and Paseo del Cañon West. “New people and new place, but same great service,” Cox said. Originally published in…

Tea-o-graphy: the art and science of tea

Dana Blair, owner and founder of Tea.o.graphy, harbors such a passion for tea that she has built a whole business around it. Originally published in Taos News “Tea has a place in the heart of almost every culture and is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, next to water,” she says. “It even…

PAM-pered Pets wins SCORE award

Pam Busick with Charlie Originally published in Taos News There is no bad hair day for dogs and cats when they visit PAM-pered Pets. Owner Pam Busick has managed to create a spa-like experience for her four-legged clients. “When a dog comes to me for the first time, it may be scared or anxious, but…