Red River Mercantile, 235 Don Gaspar Ave., next to Santa Fe Village, is open, specializing in casual men's sportswear and accessories.
The store focuses on its heritage brands: C.C. Filson, Blundstone and Randolph Engineering, as well as current brands such as Mountain Khaki and Red Jacket. Its owners, Steven
and Deborah Traer
, wanted to create a store that supports the Santa Fe lifestyle, an email stated.
"Santa Fe is an amazing town," said Steven Traer. "There's an ingrained ruggedness to this place that I want to explore through the merchandise that I sell in my shop. There's also a high level of sophistication that adds an interesting twist."
For 16 years, Steven Traer worked for a Santa Barbara-based direct-mail apparel company called The Territory Ahead, where he was a vice president responsible for men's merchandising and design. Before that, he was a sportswear buyer for the Chicago-based apparel company Mark Shale.
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Retail may be going through a rough patch, but the pending shutdown of Sangre de Cristo Mountain Works and the ensuing vacancy of the store's space at Guadalupe Station won't be a problem.
That's the opinion of James Wheeler
of Commercial Properties, a local commercial real-estate brokerage.
Wheeler said he plans to cut the 3,767-square-foot space in two and move in two new tenants.
"It's a real good location," he said. "We've had real good luck with Guadalupe Station."
Wheeler also said another local retail business, Chef Link Supply, also had recently expanded.
Chef Link Supply moved into the former Cartwright's building on Osage Avenue.
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They're up again — foreclosure rates, that is.
Rates in Santa Fe increased for the month of May over the same period last year, according to CoreLogic.
Newly released data from CoreLogic shows the rate of foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans in the Santa Fe area was 2.88 percent for May, an increase of 1.08 percentage points compared with
May 2010, when the rate was 1.80 percent.
Foreclosure activity in Santa Fe is lower than the national rate, which was 3.45 percent for May 2011, representing a 0.57 percentage point difference.
Mortgage delinquency in Santa Fe also has increased. According to CoreLogic data for May, 4.94 percent of mortgage loans were 90 days or more delinquent compared with 4.45 percent for the same period last year, representing an increase of 0.49 percentage points.
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The Community Table Café, a vegetarian restaurant, is now open in Santa Fe at the Design Center, 418 Cerrillos Road. It will feature a menu inspired by the seasons and will draw on traditional dishes from around the world, with an emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine.
The Community Table Café is open for lunch Monday through Friday.
and Reingard Kolon
have long and varied careers in the food-service industry.
Christopher Kolon has lived in Santa Fe for 25 years, working as a chef, culinary instructor and food writer.
Reingard Kolon grew up in her family's pub and restaurant in Graz, Austria. She is certified in ayurvedic cooking and has owned several coffee shops both in Austria and the United States. She and her husband most recently operated Latitudes Espresso and Ice Cream in downtown Santa Fe.
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