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Past articles by Pilar:

Branding with joy: Fiesta's 100+ corporate sponsors include 1972 originals

A trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is filled with sights of banners and logos of ... → Read More

West Side hot dog company crossing the Rio Grande

The dogs will soon be crossing the river. Well, Urban Hotdog Co. that is. The West Side-based hot dog shop is set to make the journey east with the planned opening of a new Nob Hill location early next year, according to owner Matthew Bernabe. Founded in 2012, Urban Hotdog Co. focuses on serving up a childhood favorite food, hot dogs, with an adult spin with menu items like the Chicago Dog and… → Read More

Crazed costs won’t stop The Shop

Rising, unpredictable supply prices are nothing new to Nob Hill restaurant owner → Read More

Pandemic boom leads ABQ baker to expand

A trip to Coronado Center may just be a little bit sweeter with the opening of a new bakery on the mall’s north side. Roxy’s Cake Studio, located at 6600 Menaul NE, opened July 17. The new 2,400-square-foot bakery, housed inside a former Wise Pies location, offers customers a selection of cupcakes, cake pops and ready-made cakes along with other treats designed to satiate a sweet tooth.… → Read More

Exhaustion, frustration: One ABQ small business' inflation experience

Grizzly Graphics owner says his screen printing business has seen costs increase 80% since the pandemic began → Read More

Grocery store coming to new Rio Rancho development

RIO RANCHO — The City of Vision is continuing to expand with the groundbreaking of a new mixed-use development next to the Presbyterian Rust Medical Center Wednesday morning. Named The Village in Rio Rancho, the 65-acre development will eventually house retail, hospitality and entertainment tenants, according to developer Robert Geringer, CEO and president of Geringer […] → Read More

ABQ Starbucks files petition to unionize

The organizing group on Monday filed a petition with the help of the Workers United Western States Regional Joint Board. → Read More

West Side business offers fitness space by the hour

Hourly rent is $25-$35, but there are no fees for utilities or insurance → Read More

Goose on the loose: Vegan food truck to open ABQ storefront

In just two years, Lucky Goose has moved from its humble beginnings as a concessions stand in Los Lunas to a wildly popular food truck in Albuquerque — and soon, to its own brick-and-mortar location. Lucky Goose, at 3503 B Central NE, is set to open mid-August. Owners Rafael Guillen and Melissa Timmons said that […] → Read More

Tourism on the rebound in Albuquerque

In the summer months of pre-pandemic years, tourists would flock to Albuquerque to enjoy near total sunshine or indulge in the city’s cultural offerings. Out-of-towners could be spotted throughout the city, strolling through the historic Old Town neighborhood and hiking in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. This summer, those scenes are finally making a […] → Read More

El Vado’s cakery paves way for The Shakery

With cotton candy toppings, colorful rims of sprinkles and a generous addition of candy, the creations coming out of a new Albuquerque shake and drink shop are the things of Willy Wonka’s dreams. The Shakery, located at the El Vado Motel at 2500 Central SW, opens Sunday, July 10. Owned by Amanda Jones, the opening […] → Read More

Recreational cannabis sales bring in $21.2M in June in NM

Recreational cannabis sales in New Mexico for June brought in $21.2 million, according to the state Cannabis Control Division. New Mexico also saw about $16.5 million in medical sales for June, bringing the total cannabis sales for the month to nearly $38 million. Since cannabis was legalized for recreational sales in New Mexico on April […] → Read More

UNM Anderson receives $3.2M gift as foundation dissolves

The University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management recently received a $3.2 million gift, the largest cash gift in the school’s history, following the beginning of the dissolution of the Anderson Foundation. The gift, which was given in late June by the Anderson Foundation, comes after the foundation’s board announced that it would dissolve […] → Read More

Rio Rancho entrepreneur nabs cash prize in pitch contest

A Rio Rancho woman took home one of the top prizes in an international start-up competition for entrepreneurs 55 years old and older. Leslie Lamb won a $2,500 cash prize to help fund her start-up, Grace Place Creative, at the GetSetUp Demo Days competition held June 14 to 16, according to a spokeswoman for the […] → Read More

NM Black Leadership Council launches initiative to support smaller nonprofits

The New Mexico Black Leadership Council is looking to expand its reach and help the community throug ... → Read More

Developer plans shipping container food hall for Rio Rancho

Margarita Hill will have eight tenants, with a focus on local vendors, and incorporate green space → Read More

Pâtisserie opens storefront location in Albuquerque

For the past two years, the pastries of Blue Door Pâtisserie could be found displayed inside glass cases at Albuquerque’s Sawmill Market near Old Town. → Read More

Low-cost airline has stopped ABQ service

There is now one fewer airline to choose from at the Albuquerque International Sunport. Allegiant Air, a low-cost airline, stopped all service to and from Albuquerque in May. The company provided nonstop flights to and from Las Vegas, Nevada, and Austin. The company cited staffing shortages and increasing fuel costs as reasons behind the decision. “In order to maintain the integrity of our… → Read More

From passion to paycheck

Small business owner turned her hobby into a career → Read More

Blaze in Ruidoso brings the need for affordable housing to forefront

Government funding will be used to construct new homes → Read More