Las Comadres supports a good cause

Taos businesswomen to sell wares, raise funds for local cancer patient

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By Teresa Dovalpage

What do you need to step out into spring?

Be it beauty products, new outfits, candles, makeup, essential oils, nutritional supplements or even a family vacation, you are likely to find it at Las Comadres in Commerce Boutique, a one-day event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 25 in Taos showcasing local women business owners and their wares.

It’s also an opportunity to shop for a good cause. The pop-up boutique, which will be at the H.A.C.T. Building, 1021 Salazar Road, is a fundraiser for Jerome Martinez’s cancer treatment.

“We will also have giveaways, raffles and plenty of food and drinks,” said event co-organizer Kristen Rivera. “We want to invite the entire Taos community to come and be part of it.”

Las Comadres in Commerce (formerly Northern New Mexico Women’s Networking Group) was established two years ago, the brainchild of Rivera and Angelina Romero.

“We created the group to bring local businesswomen together so they can help each other succeed,” said Rivera. “We get together in person at least once a month to share with each other a little bit about ourselves and our businesses. We also strive to make a positive impact in our community as we are currently doing with this fundraiser.”

“Many of us, like me, are new to the business world,” said Las Comadres member Janie Corinne. “We’re operating a business part time while we work as nurses, teachers, Realtors, moms, baristas and more. The knowledge and confidence we gain from Las Comadres is invaluable, and we have fun at the same time!”

The group planned Saturday’s boutique – its first public event – to foster awareness of its member businesses while raising money to help Martinez, 35, a Taoseño in need.

Martinez has had cerebral palsy since birth. In 2013, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Cancer treatments worked for a while. But this past January, doctors discovered that the cancer had returned.

“He had surgery in Albuquerque 10 days ago, and hopefully, everything is fine now,” said his mother, Constance Archuleta. “We will find out for sure next week.”

Saturday’s boutique will raise money to help with expenses related to Martinez’s surgery and care.

“Constance is working hard to provide a home for her son,” said Kimberly Miera, who helped organize the event. "They need and deserve help.”

Archuleta says she is confident in her son’s recovery.

“We are going to fight this, aren’t we?” she asked Martinez.

He smiled.

The boutique – food, prizes and more

Twelve vendors will be part of the pop-up boutique: Miera with Younique, Anna Pedroncelli with Mary Kay, Melody Archuleta with It Works!, Corinne with Nerium International, Brie Heaton and Linda Martinez with Rodan + Fields, Rose Martinez with Rose’s Fashion House, Jeanne Collins with Young Living Essential Oils, Diana Duran and Ramona Medina with Thirty-One Gifts, Rivera with JuicePlus, Sue Leslie with WISU Travel and Stephanie Romero with Gold Canyon Candles.

Another booth will be a food concession to help raise funds for Jerome Martinez. “There will be cookies, too, and possibly bread from the Pueblo," said Archuleta.

Admission is free.

Each vendor will donate a door prize with a minimum $20 value to be raffled off.

“Every guest will receive one free ticket,” Corinne said. “Of course, they can purchase additional tickets to support Jerome and increase their odds of winning amazing prizes.”

Rose Martinez’s contribution will be a dress from Rose’s Fashion House. “I don’t know which one yet, but it will be something fancy and fun,” she said.

Rivera will donate a two-week supply of Juice Plus+ Complete. Corinne will donate four sets of Nerium’s newest product — the Eye-V Moisture Boost Hydrogel Patches. Leslie will offer a package of a disc with a lesson and a day on the disc golf course at Two Gray Hares and a Zentangle class and original magnet.

Archuleta will donate one of her “It Works!” wraps. Miera will donate a scented candle or a wax tart with a piece of jewelry in it. Duran will contribute with a tall organizing tote and Collins will offer a sinus support blend, a Thieves Veggie & Fruit Spray and an after-exercise massage oil.

“While helping Jerome, the community will also have a chance to learn about and support women in business, try some great food, hot beverages donated by Coffee Apothecary and enjoy a fun event,” said Rivera. “Hope to see you all there!”

Las Comadres in Commerce is looking to add more local businesswomen to the group. If you are interested in becoming part of it, call Rivera or Romero at the numbers below.

The H.A.C.T. Building is located on the southeast corner of Salazar Road and Bertha Street, across from the Community Against Violence Thrift Store.

For more information about the event or the group, contact Rivera at (505) 573-3669, Collins at (727) 804-8010 or Angelina Romero at (575) 779-5526.

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