By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
CB FOX Manager Andy Fox got a surprise when several customers called to inform him the store was featured in the latest New Mexico Magazine as the 2017 New Mexico Readers’ Choice Travel Award winner for Best Local Shopping.
“We are honored to have been chosen,” Fox said.
Readers were asked to send their favorites in a number of catagories, from outdoor experiences to restaurants and shopping.
“We’ve spent 37 years doing our best to serve the unique needs of our community,” Fox said.
Andy’s father, Dave Fox, purchased the store in 1979. He came to Santa Fe to look at a hardware store he was interested in and visited Los Alamos. When the opportunity came to purchase the local department store, Clement and Benner, Fox moved his family from the Midwest to Los Alamos.
Andy was 14 at the time. He took over as manager in 1994. The secret of the store’s success is knowing what Los Alamos wants and delivering it, he said.
“We have a town that is different. Scientists come here from around the world. Trying to figure out what the scientists and their families want is the callenge,” he said.
“What led to this award is the unique shopping experience we offer,” Fox said. “The store takes people back to a time when department stores sold everything you can imagine. It’s a trip down memory lane”
The quality of its employees is another thing that sets CB FOX apart, Fox said.
“They really engage with our customers,” he said. “They’re amazing.”
What’s new at CB FOX?
In the Furniture Department, custom-made Live Edge Tables are a recent addition. The tables use a cross section of the tree for a unique look, Fox said.
New in Los Alamos apparel are T-shirts with J. Robert Oppenheimer’s sketch of Fat Man, one of the bombs built in Los Alamos for the Manhattan Project, as the featured art.
What’s selling well? Fidget Spinners, a new spin on the old standard, the top, are flying off the shelves, Fox said. This latest craze for kids is available at CB FOX Kidz, the department store’s children’s store, next to the main store.