Los Alamos MainStreet And Chamber Programs Help New Businesses Transition To Community

County Councilor David Izraelevitz among shoppers at Inspired Jewelers. Courtesy/Mainstreet

Customers browse the wares for purchase at Little Studio on the Mesa. Courtesy/Mainstreet


Inspired Jewelers, Samizdat Bookstore and Little Studio on the Mesa, three local businesses that were temporarily located at 174 Central Park Square during the holiday season mid-November through December 2021, have now vacated the space for more permanent locations.

Little Studio on the Mesa will soon open a business in White Rock at 113 Longview Dr., with the exact date still to be announced, offering paint-your-own pottery and selling fused glass creations, custom Los Alamos & White Rock apparel, and other artistic and creative gifts and classes. The public may follow owner Joanne Kozuchowski on her business Facebook page: @littlestudioonthemesa.

Inspired Jewelers will have a location in the Small Business Center in downtown Los Alamos at 190 Central Park Square during a transitionary period.

Those seeking jewelry repairs, custom pieces, and more, may visit their new space soon. Follow the business and owners Michelle and Kevin Talley on Facebook: @InspiredJewelers.

Samizdat Bookstore will also have a new presence in town, with details announced soon. To reach the business and owner Jill Lang, contact admin@samizdatbookstore.com.

All three of the businesses advanced to the second phase of the Los Alamos Retail Accelerator program, the Pop-up retail space, after successfully completing a seven-week course and demonstrating their commitment and business progress.

During the Pop-up phase, each received complimentary rent, utilities, insurance, merchandising displays and marketing assistance.

The Retail Accelerator program is run by Los Alamos MainStreet and the Chamber of Commerce, with sponsorship from the New Mexico Economic Development Department LEADS program, LANL Community Partnerships Office, New Mexico MainStreet, along with support from the property owners of Central Park Square and 555 Oppenheimer.

The fourth retailer that advanced to the Pop-up phase of the Retail Accelerator program, Wheeed, will continue Pop-up retail operations at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101-A, through January 2022.

The business is currently selling locally sourced glass pipes and other merchandise, and intends to sell cannabis when it is permissible by state law around April 2022. To reach the business and owner Jonathan LeDuc, contact wheeed.la@gmail.com.

Los Alamos MainStreet and the Chamber of Commerce hope to offer the Retail Accelerator program again in 2022, in addition to helping existing businesses during the continued pandemic.

Updates and more information will be shared at LosAlamosMainStreet.com/Retail-Accelerator and elsewhere as they become available.

The programs would like to thank the Los Alamos and White Rock community for their tremendous support of the Pop-up Shops and all other local businesses this Small Business Saturday and the entire holiday shopping season!

Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, center, chats with shoppers at Samizdat Bookstore. Courtesy/Mainstreet


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