Los Alamos Business Highlights of 2013

As they announced the restaurant’s Aug. 28 closing, De Colores owner Joan Duran, foreground, with longtime manager Sue Dummer said they will treasure the memories of 35.5 years working together at the restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

A look back at business in Los Alamos in 2013 saw grand openings, final closings and a number of achievements and milestones.

De Colores: The longest running restaurant in Los Alamos, De Colores, closed its doors Aug. 28. Owner Joan Duran explained that her lease at 2470 East Road was up in May and she was thinking about retiring when her landlord asked her to stay until the end of the year. He called her in August and said he had someone interested in the building and told her she could leave as soon as she was ready. “We opened De Colores April 1, 1978 and I think 35.5 years is enough time in a restaurant … my kids are happy, so it’s time to retire,” Duran said. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/de-colores-restaurant-close-next-week-owner-retires

Hill Diner staff surround owner Denise Lane for a farewell photo before the restaurant closed March 2. From left, Erubiel Martinez, Caroline Padilla, Denise Lane, Patti Wills, Brian Delgado, Rhiannon Abeyta, Jonah Bucher and Chef Daniel Escarcega. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Hill DIner: After 25 years, Hill Diner on Trinity Drive closed its doors March 2. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/hill-diner-closing-doors-good-saturday. Owner Denise Lane focused her attention on her new restaurant, The Dixie Girl, on Central Avenue, which she sold in November before moving to Albuquerque. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/community-wishes-denise-lane-farewell.

Marsha Gilford, Vice President of Public Affairs of Smith’s Food & Drugs spoke to the crowd at a Summer Concert in Mari Mac Plaza. Smith’s sponsored the concert and Gilford was in town from the corporate office in Salt Lake City, Utah for July 23 groundbreaking ceremony of the new Smith’s Marketplace on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Smith’s Marketplace: A groundbreaking ceremony was held July 23 on the new Smith’s Marketplace on Trinity Drive. Completion of the Trinity Site Revitalization Project is one of the County’s top economic goals, intended to promote economic diversity, increase jobs and bring additional shopping opportunities and amenities to the Los Alamos community. Also, Los Alamos Public Schools is set to benefit from income derived from the lease on the land. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/excitement-builds-fridays-concert-smiths-marketplace-prepares-tuesdays-groundbreaking http://www.ladailypost.com/content/smiths-marketplace-groundbreaking-gallery

Members of the Sonny Brown Business Award (SBBA) Committee, from left, Chairman Mike Lippiatt, Donnie Torres and Richard Matteson and Rotary Club President Linda Hull, right, present a $250 check to Pet Pangaea owner Cindi Wells. The local pet store is the winner of this year’s SBBA award. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Pet Pangaea Honored: Every other year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Club honors one local non-Rotarian business that exemplifies the high ethical standards of Rotary. This year, the Club selected Pet Pangaea, the community’s local pet supplies and services business, as this year’s recipient of the Sonny Brown Small Business Award. Pet Pangaea is also the recipient of the District’s Sonny Brown Small Business the Year Award. Owner Cyndi Wells and Pet Pangaea will be honored with this recognition in Las Cruces May 4. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/pet-pangaea-chosen-rotarys-local-and-districtwide-small-business-year

Brian Appell purchased the Bandelier Grill in January.  Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com

Bandelier Grill: Brian Appell purchased the Bandelier Grill in January at N.M. 4 and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock. Appell is the longtime owner of Los Ojos Restaurant & Saloon in Jemez Springs. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/bandelier-grills-new-owner-shares-revitalization-plans

Owner Daron Diffey of Gator’s L.A. Vapor. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Gator’s L.A. Vapor: Daron Diffey and his wife Shannon opened Gator’s L.A. Vapor May 24, bringing electric cigarettes to Los Alamos for the first time. Diffey left his job at Los Alamos County to launch the new business. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/gators-la-vapor-brings-e-cigarettes-los-alamos

Courtesy/Kendra Henning

RE/MAX of Los Alamos: RE/MAX of Los Alamos turned 18 in 2013. The business was started by Realtor Jim Gautier who sold it to Gene and Nancy Mroz in 1999. Current owner Kendra Henning and her husband Paul purchased the business in January 2007, which has sold nearly 2,000 homes in the last 10 years. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/remax-los-alamos-hails-18-years-service-community

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery closed its doors at 1475 Central Ave. Oct. 1. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery: Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery closed its doors Oct. 1 at 1475 Central Ave. Wray continues to provide oil painting classes and classes in other media. Visit http://www.karenwrayfineart.com/.

Creole Nouvelle co-owner Esther Lucchini inside her new restaurant at 1793 Deacon St. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

After working in Los Alamos for LANL contractor Canberra Industries for several years, Peter Lucchini suggested to his wife Esther that the town could benefit from a different type of restaurant. The couple launched Creole Nouvelle early in 2013 with the goal of providing the community with good food, good service and a nice place to meet new people. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/new-eatery-offers-creole-cajun-and-down-home-food

Fusion Multisport owners Brad and Rose Nyenhuis, with help from their friends, cut the red ribbon on their new business in November downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A ribbon cutting ceremony in November marked the official opening of Fusion Multisport in downtown Los Alamos. Owners Brad and Rose Nyenhuis moved from Indiana to open their new business. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/fusion-multisport-officially-opens-los-alamos

The ribbon is officially cut on the new Fusion Cafe & Coffee Roasters in Mari Mac Plaza. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Fusion Cafe & Coffee Roasters: Chuck and Miracle Miller of White Rock opened The Fusion Cafe & Coffee Roasters in November in the space formerly occupied by the Coffee Booth in Mari Mac Plaza. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/fusion-cafe-coffee-roasters-officially-opens

Zia Realty Group owner/broker James Chrobocinski Wednesday in front of the new office he purchased at the corner of Central Avenue and 15th Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Zia Realty Group: Continuing his quest to grow into the largest real estate firm in New Mexico by 2019, Zia Realty Group owner/broker James Chrobocinski purchased his own suite of offices Nov. 4 at the corner of Central Avenue and 15th Street in the ground level of the Community Bank Building. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/zia-realty-groups-james-chrobocinski-buys-downtown-office

Hilltop Spa Owner Tracy cuts the ribbon at her open house event Thursday evening. is join by from left, Chamber Manager Katy Korkos, Esthetician Tana Neal, Maddox, Receptionist Theresa Gallegos, Rita Brake, Massage Therapist Patricia Martinez and Los Alamos National Bank’s Karen Easton. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Hilltop Spa: An enthusiastic crowd turned out for the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony in October of the Hilltop Spa at 400 Trinity Dr. Guests were treated to margaritas, appetizers, door prizes and special savings at the open house event. www.ladailypost.com/content/ribbon-cut-hilltop-spa-grand-opening.

New owner Victor Medina and former owner Denise Lane at the Dixie Girl Restaurant at which Medina and his wife Patricia took ownership Nov. 15.  Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dixie Girl Restaurant: Longtime Los Alamos residents Victor and Patricia Medina purchased the Dixie Girl Restaurant from Denise Lane Nov. 15. The Medinas intend to host a renaming contest for the restaurant in January asking participants to submit names reflective of the local area. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-couple-buys-dixie-girl-restaurant

Omar and Trisha Sanchez in front of their new restaurant space opening in early 2014. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Time Out Pizza: Omar and Trisha Sanchez closed in November on a 5,600-square-foot space for lease at 1350 Central Ave. The couple intend to open a family style Time Out Pizza restaurant in early 2014 that will occupy 75 percent of the ground floor of the building where Otowi Station Bookstore, Subway and LANL offices were housed. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/another-new-restaurant-coming-downtown-los-alamos

Surrounded by employees, friends and supporters at a grand opening ceremony May 8, Comfort Keepers owner Leslie Van Pelt cuts the ribbon announcing the company’s services to Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Comfort Keepers: Comfort Keepers hosted an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony May 8 announcing that the Santa Fe-based company is now providing services in Los Alamos. Comfort Keepers provides in-home care services, which enable independent living at home. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/comfort-keepers-brings-home-care-los-alamos

The Perch Paperie: The Perch Paperie closed its doors Aug. 31 at 13 Sherwood Blvd. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/perch-paperie-going-out-business-sale






Dave Jones surrounded by furniture and equipment on sale at the Hive, before it closed down Oct. 31. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Hive: Despite a valiant two-year effort, the Hive at 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock closed down Oct. 31. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/hive-will-close-doors-oct-31

New Businesses Launched: Twenty new businesses were launched in Los Alamos between June and November. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-launches-20-new-businesses-june






Los Alamos Co+op Market at 95 Entrada Dr. Courtesy Photo

Co+op: The Los Alamos Co+op Market purchased its 7,000-square-foot building at 95 Entrada Dr. Dec. 5 for $1.65 million. Los Alamos Co+op Market had leased the building from Main Gate, LLC since opening March 2, 2011. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-coop-market-purchases-building

Councilor Rick Reiss presents a proclamation honoring the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce for 50 years of service to Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Katy Korkos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Chamber: Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss, on behalf of the Los Alamos County Council, presented a proclamation honoring the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce for 50 years of service to the business community to Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Katy Korkos at a November Council meeting in Council Chambers. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/council-recognizes-chambers-50-years-los-alamos-daily-post-small-business-year

Business leader Bill Enloe receives a standing ovation for his service to the community. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Bill Enloe Honored: Longtime business leader Bill Enloe was honored at a Nov. 30 Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Chamber Manager Katy Korkos said that the Chamber owes a debt of gratitude to Enloe, who led Los Alamos National Bank for some 40 years, as president, then CEO. He has been honored many times, by his peers and by his community, for his good works and for his leadership. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/chamber-business-members-honor-bill-enloe

Co+op General Manager Steve Watts accepts the 2013 Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year Award. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost

Co+op Awarded 2013 Green Business of the Year: At the Los Alamos Chamber 50th Anniversary Celebration Nov. 30, the Los Alamos Cooperative Market (Co+op) was awarded the 2013 Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year award. Support for the Co+op as the 2013 Business Recycler of the Year was overwhelming as they received 83 percent of the total votes, earning the inaugural award. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/coop-wins-2013-los-alamos-county-business-recycler-year

Publisher Carol A. Clark accepts the 2013 Small Business of the Year award on behalf of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Daily Post Awarded 2013 Small Business of the Year: Nov. 30, at the Los Alamos Chamber 50th Anniversary Banquet, the Los Alamos Daily Post online newspaper, which began operations in 2012, was honored with the 2013 Small Business of the Year award. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/council-recognizes-chambers-50-years-los-alamos-daily-post-small-business-year