The community is invited to shop at the many businesses in the building at 1247 Central Ave. Courtesy photo
By RYN HERRMANN
Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce
Many of you probably drive by the building at 1247 Central Ave., and have no idea how many businesses are located there or know the history of the building.
The 1247 Central Avenue Building began life as the motor pool building in the early 1960’s and was similarly used by Zia Corporation until purchased by Shannon Corporation.
The Shannon Corporation was started in the early 1960s by Elmo Cde Baca. The company mainly developed real estate, but also was instrumental in starting a garage, liquor store, men’s clothing shop, and brought a variety of national and local businesses to Los Alamos. They now occupy Suite E in 1247 Central, but are not alone! There are many small businesses located in the 1247 Central Avenue Building.
The street level businesses have lettered Suites from A-E while the businesses on the second floor are numbered.
Here are some of the businesses at 1247 Central Avenue. Check them out!
Suite A: Boomerang Consignment and Resale
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boomerang started with a tiny shop in Española 19 years ago as a hobby. Through the years, it evolved and grew and in November 2014, Boomerang Los Alamos was born. Boomerang is full of cool vintage collectibles, leather jackets, cowboy boots, jewelry, furniture, books, and great clothes! Come find your favorite new treasure today! Anna Dillane, Boomerang’s creator, loves living in Los Alamos and serves her community by hosting a local Meetup group (every Friday for eight years now!), serving on the Community Development Advisory Board, helping plan and sponsor Pride events, and serving on the Boards of the Los Alamos Light Opera and the Dixon Community Players theater group.
Suite B: David’s Old Fashioned Barber Shop
Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., by appointment only
David’s Barbershop, formally Harold’s Barbershop, was started in 1960. David Martinez bought the barbershop from Harold Lujan in 1996, 25 years ago. It’s an old-fashioned style shop, with David and his son Little David, running the shop with the assistance of another barber named Zack. Since Covid, appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the shop.
Suite C: Atomic City Quilts & Close-Knit Yarn Cooperative
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Atomic City Quilts has all you may need to start your new fabric project. From notions, to batting, to pins and needles, patterns, and over 4,000 yards of high-quality fabric – they have all that is needed to make your new fabric creation. They also carry a wide array of cross-stitch patterns and 500 colors of DMC floss. And for those who want to take their quilting skills to the next level – classes from beginning to advanced are available. So, whether you’re needing to keep your home stash of fabric fresh, or a handcraft for an upcoming car trip – ACQ has what you need. Classes are limited to 2 people, so they can make a class tailored to specific needs or join them for a block of the month class. Contact Shelly at email@example.com with questions or interest. They also offer classes at Teen Center, for those in high school. Saturday, October 2 will be a pillowcase class and Saturday, October 16 they will help with your costume! atomiccityquilts.com
Close-Knit Yarn Cooperative is a retail cooperative specializing in yarn, fiber, and related goods. They were founded in 2018 after the closure of a previous yarn store in the same space and continue to share quarters with Atomic City Quilts. While they’re a co-op, they are open to the public – anyone can shop there and anyone over 18 can join the co-op for everyday discounts on yarn and sundries. Visit them today for all your knitting and crochet needs. They offer an open stitching group 4:30-7:30p on Thursdays, 2-5p first and third Saturdays. Expert knitting advice always available Thursday and Friday. closeknityarncoop.com
Suite D: The Los Alamos Daily Post World Headquarters
The Los Alamos Daily Post is the Official Newspaper of Record in Los Alamos County. The news team works from its world headquarters at 1247 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos. Owned and operated by Carol A. Clark, the online newspaper launched Feb. 7, 2012, and has expanded its readership into every state in the nation and 129 countries around the world. The Post was named the community’s “number one online news source” by respondents to an independent survey conducted by Los Alamos County in 2013. The paper achieved more than 1 million monthly page views in 2015. The Post began publishing a weekly print edition in July 2015, delivering 9,300 copies to every home and business and news racks throughout Los Alamos and White Rock. Over the nearly 10 years the newspaper has been in business, the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation named the Post its “Success Client of the Year”, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce named the Post its “Media Outlet of the Year” and the Small Business Development Center named the Post its “Small Business of the Year” for which the Post was recognized on the floor of the New Mexico Legislature and by the Los Alamos County Council. The newspaper’s number one goal is to bring readers the best in local news coverage online every day and in print each week. Visit ladailypost.com
Suite D-2: The Karen Wray Gallery
Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Karen Wray Gallery is a spacious, artist-owned gallery located half a block from the Bradbury Science Museum, filled with the best works of select artists from Los Alamos and nearby communities. The owner of the gallery, Karen Wray, an artist herself, understands the needs of artists to exhibit their finest work in the best environment to a wide audience on a regular basis, and the needs of collectors to find unique, regional, high-quality fine art, year-round in a welcoming, accessible location. Her goal is to delight both the collectors and the artists by providing an inviting venue where superb local artwork is exhibited in a professional, pressure-free environment. The Gallery also offers classes for adults in painting, from absolute beginners to intermediate students. Emphasis is on the traditional fundamentals of drawing, value, color, composition, and presentation. karenwrayfineart.com
Suite 205: Lavish Hair Salon
Owner Eldieanna Sandoval and other stylists offer many salon services!
Suite 206: Matthew Prather Guitar Studio
Hours by appointment only.
Matthew Prather teaches private and group lessons for guitar and ukulele, in the studio. Pranter studied jazz performance at Portland State University in Portland, OR. He has also collaborated with the Fuller Lodge Art Center, The Los Alamos Arts Council, and the Los Alamos Middle School Jazz Band and plays guitar in the popular local funk/fusion band Professor Penguin. Register for group classes or private lessons at mattpratherguitar.com. For other musician services, questions or more information, call/text, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through website. Adult group ukulele classes start 9/23!
Suite 207: Professional Skincare Choices LLC
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday by request only
Owner June English, LE offers 16 years of “Helping Your Skin look its very Best”!!
Contact June for consultations, customized facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, micro needling (new), waxing (face only including upper lip and eyebrows), botox injections and fillers (administered by Dr. Haley Ritchey). myskincarechoices.com
Suite 208: New Mexico Real Estate Project/Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
David Horpedahl, local and regional real estate expert, can be contacted at nmrealestateproject.com, email@example.com
Suite 213: The Cricket Window
Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m. -3 p.m.
Incredible vintage and artisan home goods and gifts, such as mugs, soaps, bags, plant hangers, and much more! Opened in 2019 by Rachel Hensen, this eco-friendly shop also sells on Etsy (etsy.com/shop/TheCricketWindow), firstname.lastname@example.org
Suite 216: East Gate Acupuncture & Integrative Therapy
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday by appointment only
Dr. Christina Claude, DOM, LMT is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a licensed massage therapist and has been in practice in New Mexico since 1997. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic system of medicine that can potentially treat any ailment, but she primarily treats pain issues, digestive, respiratory, women’s health and stress related issues. Dr. Claude integrates acupuncture, therapeutic massage, biodynamic cranial sacral therapy, herbs and nutritional supplements, therapeutic low level LASER and BEMER therapy (pulsed electro-magnetic frequency device). She accepts some insurance, including BCBS. For more information or to make an appointment: www.eastgait.com or email@example.com
Suite 217: Biopoetics
By appointment only
At Biopoetics you’ll experience services intended to improve the overall health and well-being of your body, spirit, emotions, heart, and mind. Biopoetics Inner Guidance Coaching is available in person and at a distance. Meridian Johnson, RCST is a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (RCST®), Wholistic Kinesiology practitioner (WK®), Wholistic Methylation practitioner, licensed massage therapist, certified HeartMath® Coach-Mentor, Inner-Guidance Coach, as well as an established teacher/poet/writer in the world. Make an appointment online at biopoetics.com
Suite 218: Office of Rep. Christine Chandler
Contact for office hours. Christine.Chandler@nmlegis.gov
Suite 219: Atomic City CBD Wellness & Gift Shop
Wednesday-Friday, Noon-5 p.m., Saturday Noon-3 p.m.
Atomic City CBD Wellness offers high quality & affordable CBD products including tinctures, gummies, honey, tea, coffee, vape pens, creams & more! Also has a gift shop section offering many unique items like fidget toys, bath bombs, artwork, candies & chocolates, essential oils & diffusers, bath salts & soaps, Zia caps, T-shirts etc.
Suite 227: Tribe Yoga and Wellness
Tribe Yoga and Wellness is the only dedicated yoga studio in Los Alamos. They offer various classes taught by highly trained, caring, and fun instructors and believe that yoga IS available for everyBody! They are working to build a lovely yoga community and strive each day to create a relaxed, non-judgment yoga experience where everyone feels welcome. Check out the complete class schedule: www.tribeyogaandwellness.com/schedule. Don’t forget to check out the retail shop for yoga gear, novelty items & gifts for everyone! Gift shop hours are by appointment only: email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your private shopping spree!
Suite 228: Priscilla Freeman, Free People Bodywork & Valerie Kennedy, Good Kennedy Skin + Body
505-690-2256 and 505-670-7075. Licensed Massage Therapist and Licensed Esthetician