5 Year Anniversary and the Opening of Eldorado True Value Hardware

Some of you remember the tumbleweeds clusters in the doorways, the bare dirt tract that is now a parking lot, the empty brown halls.  To those that do, thank you for sticking with us, building with us, and making something from nothing with your giant hearts, helping hands, and ongoing support.

Wood is the symbol of the 5th. It represents strength and a solidified relationship. We think that’s appropriate. Over the last five years we’ve matured. Our businesses have strengthened and our relationship with you has grown and solidified. We feel vibrant, coursing with renewed energy and optimistic about the future and we are celebrating!

On Saturday, from 12 – 4 pm, we’re throwing a party. We have two amazing duos providing live music, three huge cakes, and more. Details on the duos are below, as are details on some of the other simultaneous celebrations.

Please join us and let us thank you personally for helping to make these five years so rewarding.

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It’s here. 2,900,012 parts have been sorted, hung, and somewhat organized. Okay, maybe not that many, but it sure feels like it. Our hats are off to every owner of every hardware store under the sun!

IMG_5295We’re not quite there yet, but we’re having a party to celebrate our opening and by Saturday, October 25, the floors will be swept, the clutter cleared, and the baby in the bucket returned (against her will) to the family that loves her.

Join us between 12 and 4 pm for free hot dogs, door prizes, and giveaways.

More importantly, help us celebrate with jokes and laughter, great conversations, and your suggestions for how we can make this hardware store even better.



What do Lucky Gagin, Henry Fonda, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Divine, Rosalind Russell, Warren Beatty and Johnny Cash all have in common?They will all be on the big screen at the Performance Space on Thursday, Oct 9 at 7 pm as part of a presentation of Made in Santa Fe films. All seats, $5.00- cheap! AND you can bring food over from La Plancha! 

Presented by New Mexico film historian Jeff Berg, this program will include approximately 15 clips from movies that have been filmed in or around Santa Fe since 1936.  The clips run from 2-5 minutes and after each, Berg offers live narration and strongly encourages audience participation (except for throwing things) during the 90-100 minute program.

A fun blend of comedy, action, and scenes from known and little known movies, this program will mark the return of REEL NEW MEXICO to El Dorado!

For more information, please contact Jeff Berg at 466 1634.


Films used in the show


Breaking Bread Community Potluck to Support Esperanza Shelter

Come out Sunday, September 21 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm for a great community event. Bring your favorite dish to share and help raise money to help Esperanza Shelter do the important work they do. Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families mission is to empower people to live violence-free lives. We believe that change is possible and that relationships can exist without abuse.  At a time when domestic violence is critically on the rise, Esperanza makes a real difference in our community. If you bring a dish, you only pay $5 to participate. If you don’t, your cost is $10. Children and seniors are $5 regardless of their contributions.


Eldorado True Value Hardware Coming Soon!

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Many of you already know this, but now we get to make it official. A little over a month ago, Linda Miller of The Country Store dropped by to let us know that she and Chris are retiring and The Country Store is closing at the end of September (or sooner). Concerned about the impact their retirement would have on the community, she asked if we wanted to buy the remaining inventory and fixtures and move the hardware store to La Tienda.

The answer was yes. However, we didn’t want there to be a gap in continuity of service, so we decided to acquire additional inventory and be ready to open as they got ready to close.

We’re opening as a True Value Hardware store because True Value is a buying co-op, not a franchise. Joining the co-op allows us access to their purchasing power (making us price competitive) while retaining our ability to custom tailor the store to this community. We are working closely with Linda and Chris to ensure that products like bird seed and soil mender will still be available. In addition, we’re adding categories not previously available in this market. We hope to open near the beginning of September.

When Eldorado Hardware opens, Steve will nestle Computer Works inside it and you’ll always be able to drop your computer off for repair because Steve will finally have some help.

The new store will be 50% larger than The Country Store. It will have a tool rental section, screen repair, glass cutting, a color matching paint system, an automotive section, and much more. We’re taking suggestions now and will do our best to stock the products you want. If we can’t stock it, we will be able to special order anything. You can follow our progress on Facebook.

In the meantime, we want Chris and Linda to get as much value out of their inventory as they can. They’ve begun their sell down and now is a great time to stock up on the stuff you might need. Everything’s on sale. Even if you don’t need anything, stop by and let them know how much you appreciate everything they’ve done for this community over the last 21 years!

Great Music, Great Dancing

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Join us on Friday, August 1 for a rockin’, dancin’ special treat! Caitlin Alexander has a voice you won’t believe. This scrawy, young thing belts Aretha Franklin like, well, Aretha. Little Leroy and His Pack of Lies are a dynamite classic rock cover band. If you love the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, and other great bands of the 70’s, you’ll love dancing to this band. We do. That’s why we’ve invited them. For more info, click here.
They’ll be on stage at The Performance Space from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Get down, get dirty, and get done early! 

If You Love American Jem, You Will Love Byrd and Street

Join us on Sunday, August 3 for Byrd and Street. In town from Austin, Texas, this award winning duo is backed by a great band and there will be five fab musicians on stage. You’ll think they’re playing some Country cover songs, but their not. Tommy Byrd wrote them and they got picked up by some of the greats.

Two Stepping, Waltzing, and other swirl around the dance floor music is on the agenda.
They’ll be on stage at The Performance Space from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6 pm.

Get a taste of the duo on Transitions Radio Magazine Sun morning from 8-11 (98.1fm or

http://transitionsmedia.com/category/trm-shows/  Click on “Listen live.) or tune in to KSFR at 11:00 am for a live interview with Donna Howell

The Flea at La Tienda

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The Flea at La Tienda is a monthly event that runs from May through October.  It’s always on the 3rd Saturday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The next Flea is Saturday, July 19.

  • Want to have a yard sale, but don’t want strangers at your house? The Flea is your solution. Only $15/space with advance registration
  • Want to sell your car? Car spaces are just $10.
  • Love shopping for that unique treasure? Come to The Flea!

The Flea is located at La Tienda at Eldorado, just fifteen minutes from downtown Santa Fe. La Tienda is a dynamic shopping and community center filled with interesting shops, a great restaurant, and the Santa Fe Brewing Company tasting room. It has full ammenities (as in you don’t have to use a port-a-potty  :) )

With ample parking, a convenient location just off I-25, and a great community vibe, The Flea is the flea market in Santa Fe.  Call Destiny at (505) 930-4821 for more information or visit TheFleaatLatienda.com for vendor information and registration forms.

Poets and Artists Collaborate on “Elements” Art Quilt Exhibit

Artwork by Ruth Anna Abigail

Artwork by Ruth Anna Abigail

“Elements,” an exhibit of contemporary mixed-media fiber art, will be at the La Tienda Exhibit Space. The show will feature two-dimensional and three-dimensional work on themes such as the elements of design, the elements of color, the elements of the Southwest, the elements of the Earth, and the element of surprise. The fiber artists pay homage to traditional forms of expression while taking the artwork to new levels through the use of unusual materials and techniques. All of the exhibiting artists belong to the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild (NNMQG), a nonprofit organization with more than 150 members. 

A gala artists’ opening reception will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Invited Santa Fe-area poets, including former Santa Fe poets laureate Joan Logghe and Valerie Martinez, will read from their work between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. The poets were asked to create an ekphrastic poem about one of the art quilts. Ekphrastic poetry comments on another form of art and explores the intersection of language and visual art. 

The exhibit will close with a reception on Friday, July 18, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with additional poets presenting their ekphrastic poems from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

The La Tienda Exhibit Space is open from Fridays from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Some of the fiber art pieces are for sale, and the artists have created smaller, ancillary works that will be available at Utopia, The General Store for the Modern Age, near the Exhibit Space.

 For more information on the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild, visit http://www.nnmqg.org/.


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