David Mapes: Capturing the spirit of wood

David Mapes has made a name for himself through his craftsmanship and commitment to art. Originally published in Taos News.  Photos: Katharine Egli. Most people are familiar with his gallery DAFA (David Anthony Fine Arts), located on Kit Carson Road. He has been part of several projects intended to put the town back on top of…

Chef Martinez helms the kitchen at De La Tierra

“When things get hectic, just keep swimming” Story and picture originally published in Taos News Cristina Martinez felt the pull of the kitchen early on. The new executive chef at El Monte Sagrado Resort & Spa has been cooking for about 17 years. She is 34 years old. “My mom used to cook for many…

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…

From the heart of the Andes comes Taos chef Roberto Joe Najarro-Huaman

Peruvian cuisine is as varied and rich as a colorful Andean tapestry. Hearty indigenous ingredients have mixed with Spanish, Japanese and African culinary traditions, resulting in a fusion of cultures and flavors. Originally published in Taos News Photos: Katharine Egli Lima-born chef Roberto Joe Najarro-Huaman has been living in Taos for around five years, but…

Laura Oest: For the love of food and family

There are many reasons why people open their own businesses. For Laura Oest, the reason behind Stella’s Restaurant 210 is her eight-year-old daughter, Stella Oest Romero. Originally published in Taos News “I am homeschooling Stella and want to spend as much time as possible with her,” Oest said. “Having the restaurant allows me a lot…

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…

The gift of beauty

“If you want to make your family and friends happy this holiday, give them the gift of beauty,” says Montserrat Oyanedel. Originally published in Taos News Oyanedel is the creator, with Kristel McKanna, of the first Taos hemp-based skincare company, Nabis Naturals. The two Chilean natives first developed a moisturizing serum and have just added…