Written & Pictures by Olivia Belcher
For the past few months, many businesses had to close their doors to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that time has passed, some of these businesses are reopening their doors and welcoming the community back. There are many changes that have been put in place, like shorter hours and limited capacities, that have been implemented into the everyday operations of these businesses. Here are some favorite local spots that have re-opened and some updated information about what they are doing to keep you safe while shopping with them.
Austin’s Fine Jewelry
The home of the ring museum is back and ready for visitors. Austin’s Fine Jewelry offers a wide selection of jewelry that includes colored diamonds, pearls, custom designs, repairs, appraisals, and estate jewelry. While the doors were closed, owner Keith Austin changed out two cases in his museum to give patrons some new things to look at. Since being closed caused them to miss their annual anniversary sale in May, Keith is offering his biggest Mother’s Day/graduation/Father’s Day/July Fourth/birthday/anniversary sale ever until the end of July and sale items can even be put on layaway. Keith is requiring all customers to wear masks while shopping in the store and will not let anyone shop without one unless the governor changes the mandate and allows masks to be optional or not used. He is also requiring, to keep the store and other patrons safe, that when customers enter the store that they temporarily remove their masks so that the employees can see who they are and then put their mask back on to shop.
“We are ready to get back into business and we are here to help as long as we are allowed to still do so,” says Keith.
230 E. Idaho Ave, Las Cruces
Tuesday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Coas Books has been the one-stop shop for books, movies, games, puzzles, and much more in Las Cruces since 1983. People of all ages can walk in and find a book that intrigues them, a favorite movie on DVD, or even a puzzle that immediately catches the eye. Coas is currently operating at 25 percent capacity and has social distancing signs displayed throughout the bookstore and on the floor in front of the check-out counter. All staff members are provided masks and wear them at all times, in addition to washing their hands as often as possible. There is also a hand sanitizing station for customers to use, and all surfaces are cleaned and sanitized multiple times a day. Customers are able to walk around the store to shop but are not currently allowed to sit and read a book in the store.
“It is so wonderful to see everybody and to see the joy on their faces. It makes us feel needed in our community and we are very grateful for our customers and their love for the business,” says Mike Beckett, owner of Coas Books.
317 North Main Street, Las Cruces
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.
1101 South Solano Drive, Las Cruces
Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ashley Homestore is the number one stop for a new dresser, mattress, sofa, coffee table, or any other piece of furniture needed in your home. They are now welcoming customers back into the store to shop in person. The store and all of its employees are being extremely cautious and following health precautions to a T. There is Plexiglas to provide an extra barrier, all employees and sales staff are wearing masks, and all furniture and mattresses are covered in plastic to protect the products and the customers. They have also done some extra inventory orders to ensure that they have enough in stock to accommodate everyone. All of the sales that are listed on the Ashley Homestore website are also being honored so that you can get that perfect piece for a perfect price.
“We are thrilled to see the customers and to have our staff back in the store doing what they do best. We are absolutely pleased to be open again,” says owner Wanda Bowman.
3299 Del Rey Blvd., Las Cruces
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.
Wild Birds Unlimited
From bird feeders and baths to seed and much more, Wild Birds Unlimited has it all. Since you can now see birds nesting in your backyards, this is the perfect time to head on over. They have reopened their doors after being restricted to curbside pick-up since March. Customers can walk the aisles again for their favorite avian products. Social distancing is being highly encouraged and only four customers are allowed in the store at one time. Masks are also available to customers who need them and hand sanitizer is available for use. Keep an eye out for upcoming summer sales as well.
“We are most definitely excited to see our customers again and I think they are excited too,” says owner Kristi Lane.
2001 E. Lohman Ave., Las Cruces
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Turquoise TeePee is the perfect place to find local gifts, clothing, décor, jewelry, and much more. They have opened their store again after only doing online and pick up orders. When quarantine first started, owner Stephany Trego decided to put together little themed kits that people could order and send to their loved ones so they could feel close to one another. Free shipping is currently being offered on all online orders. All you have to do is select “local order” at check out, even if you are not local. Customers can come into the store and shop around but if they are not that comfortable yet, they can still order online for pick up or delivery. They are selling some pretty stylish faces masks as well, check them out on their website, turquoiseteepee.com/.
“It feels good to be back. I am so grateful to this community for continuing to shop with me so that I can open my doors,” says Stephany.
1800 Avenida de Mesilla, Suite A, Mesilla
Wednesday – Friday, 12 – 5 p.m.
They will add hours if the situation improves.
This business didn’t re-open when restrictions were eased on May 15, but actually opened in Las Cruces for the first time. Michael and Ann Siewert moved their store, which they had operated for 11 years in Las Vegas, New Mexico, to a new, larger location in Las Cruces mid-pandemic. ThreadBear is a full-service quilt and yarn shop, offering 2,500 bolts of fabric, yarn, and notions. Michael says he and Ann are both knitters and that while “carrying yarn in Las Vegas was an indulgence,” they are excited about the opportunities in this larger community. They look forward to hosting knitting groups in their comfortable sitting area, and quilting bees and a variety of classes for fiber artists in their 1,000-square-foot classroom.
2205-B S. Main St., Las Cruces
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery
Art lovers can now get out of the house and enjoy art in Mesilla. Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery has opened its doors and are once again welcoming visitors. From local paintings, sketches, and photography, to handmade pottery and much more, they have it all. They are implementing a limited capacity, along with requiring face masks while in the gallery and providing hand sanitizer. This is the perfect opportunity to get some pieces made by your favorite artists or get some gifts for your loved ones while at the same time supporting local art.
“We are very happy to be able to open, but we know we are living in a new world and we have some anxiety about approaching the situation,” says co-owner Richard Spellenberg.
Location: 2470 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla
Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Starting June 12 and daily thereafter
Hours and dates subject to change