New shop in Mesilla devoted exclusively to products made or grown in the Land of Enchantment
Whether you’re looking for a heartfelt gift or a piece of local flavor to take home for yourself, there’s a new shop in town where you can pick up all the goodies that make our state so special. NM Vintage Market opened last November and every single product in the store is made, produced, or grown right here in New Mexico.
Owners Morgan Switzer and Marshall McGinley are the also the propieters of two other Mesilla buisnesses: NM Vintage Beer, Wine, & Cigars (2461 Calle de Principal) and Old Barrel Tea & Spice Company (2319 Calle de Santiago). Their latest venture is an expansion of the NM Vintage brand, which has garnered a reputation for supporting state winemakers and brewers over the past 13 years. “After Janyce Leone retired and Solamente de Mesilla closed, we felt there was a void in the Mesilla walking district for New Mexico products,” Morgan explains. “Our other two stores have always been pro New Mexico and along the way, we’ve met artisans who aren’t necessarily prepared to open a brick-and- mortar presence, but want more exposure than a booth one or two days a week at the farmers’ market. Our spot gives them more visibility to sell their products.” NM Vintage Market offers the gamut of area-made goods including crafts, artwork, jewelry, pet products, bath and body works, and food items. They offer gift baskets for any price point and they’ll even wrap and ship them on your behalf to the recipient of your choosing.
In addition to the must-have array of local salsas and chiles, the market carries tasty finds like Hawaiian Riptide, a brand of marinades and sauces created by a travel- loving New Mexican couple, and organic jams from Heidi’s Raspberry Farm. (Morgan recommends the raspberry red chile and the raspberry ginger blends.) Other popular items include Zia symbol earrings created by NMSU graduate Celina Ortega of Lumos Laser Design, and artisan soaps from Raising the Bar. “They really seem to appeal to people because of their unique scents and gorgeous colors,” Morgan notes. “Some of the more fun options they offer are pineapple paprika, tomato coriander, dill pickle, and carmel café.”
All these products (and a whole lot more!) are displayed attractively in one of Mesilla’s most historic buildings. It was once the home of Don Manuel Valles, a local carpenter responsible for much of the 1906 renovation of the Basilica San Albino. He was also the Basilica bell ringer and never missed a day in his 61 years of service. His descendants continue to act as honorary bell ringers to this day, and the history of the family and residence is on display inside NM Vintage Market. Outside, Marshall and Morgan have added on a patio where patrons are invited to while away the day with a good book or good company. Morgan says, “We are in the process of gaining our beer and wine license, so people can sip and shop. We’ll eventually offer tea service on the patio, but in the meantime you can bring your own coffee or tea from the tea shop right down the block, and try out some of the food samples which we offer daily. Furry friends are welcome too!”
NM Vintage Market
2310 Avenida de Mesilla
(Directly on the corner of Avenida de Mesilla and Calle de Santiago)