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To walk into op. cit. Books in the John Dunn Plaza in Taos is to walk into a light-filled, warm-hued and mazing reprieve of literature. (And cookbooks and cards and calendars, oh my!) With the cozy couch and chairs upstairs for lounging, and the familiar faces of the small staff, op. cit. feels like a book-lined home away from home. We caught up with owner, Noemi de Bodisco, to talk about her journey with the quaint shop that’s been open for eight years come August.

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The bandshell mural painted several years ago by late Taos artist George Chacón just about sums up the vibe in Kit Carson Park on a sunny day. The mural features a variety of musicians playing everything from cumbias to Native American round dance songs. It’s also memorable for other things as well.

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With a menu boasting 20 different breakfast items (and plenty of delicious lunch and dinner items too), it’s no surprise that Mante’s Chow Cart won best breakfast burrito this year. However, due to the expansive menu, the first question some may ask is “what kind of burrito did you get there?”

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Ed Sandoval is serious about storytelling, painting — his prolific New Mexican landscapes a Taos and statewide staple — and he’s also serious about playfulness. Lots of it. “Life’s too short not to be full of laughter,” he says. You might see the artist cruising around Taos in his turquoise, five-window, 1951 Chevy truck,“Happy Go Lucky.” 

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There’s memorabilia everywhere – Giants baseball photos and bobbleheads, a Cowboys football helmet, a Batman bat hanging from the ceiling, a life-size cutout of Mötley Crüe. An old cash register (complete with a lever and a “ding!”) sits beside shears and combs. A Pac-Man arcade machine is covered up because of COVID. Beside it, a shelving unit full of softball trophies won by Montaño’s team, Los Amigos. 


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Sunshine Laier — part-owner of 10,000 Wags Pet Resort & Bow-Wow-Tique in El Prado — is quick to make clear that the ‘k’ word — “kennel” — is not a part of her everyday vernacular. “Cage” is a four-letter word she and her partner, Brian Carpenter, prefer not to use. “Home” is more like it. Home away from home.

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One of the first things you’ll see upon looking up bungalows in a search engine are gorgeous straw-hatched properties floating over semi-translucent turquoise waters. But not all bungalows need to be situated in Bora Bora. You can find several located on State Road 150 at medley., the best restaurant in El Prado. 

If you are wondering where to eat something fresh and fast, affordable and mostly organic in Taos, À La Carte is a best kept secret no longer. Offering farm to table, global cuisine, À La Carte World Street Food serves food made with mostly organic and local ingredients — quick, easy-to-eat, on-the-go meals, inspired by “world street food and American classics,” said owner Louise Desmarais. Mediterranean, Moroccan, Cuban, Mexican, Thai, the aforementioned American classics and more — you’ll find them here.

In the historic Taos Inn, on 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, is room 102 one of 45 unique guest rooms only this one has a silver Nambé star nailed to its door. It was the space reserved for Washington D.C. writer Dee Strasberg whenever she came to town. Which turned out to be twice a year, spring and fall, starting in 1951 until failing health kept her away. She transitioned in 2013 and asked for her ashes to be buried in the Inn’s courtyard. Between her yearly Taos sojourns Strasberg left her old heavy typewriter behind so housekeeping could set it up in room 102, with fresh flowers, a bottle of wine and candies, before her arrival. The iconoclastic writer penned many of her 70 plus Gothic Romance and Horror novels in room 102 under the pen name Daoma Winston.

Elana Lombard and Christopher Pieper, the owners of Mudd N Flood Mountain Shop, discovered Taos twenty-three years ago and fell in love.  Soon after they quit their jobs as high school science teachers and made the move. In 2001 they bought Mudd N Flood Mountain Shop. “We lived in a teepee with our baby and toddler, built our straw bale house, and started a little organic farm.  Phew!  That was a big year!  Now we enjoy being both student and teacher: learning and keeping abreast of the latest developments in gear, clothing, and restorative agriculture, and sharing this knowledge with our community.  We are passionate about the outdoors and restoring the earth, and all the wonderful ways to explore it, through hiking, backpacking, gardening, skiing, river trips, rock climbing, snowshoeing, and much more. We are excited to share this love of the outdoors and help you to be better prepared and more comfortable on your next adventure.”

Ask a guy, any guy who knows Overland Sheepskin Co., and he’ll veritably croon. Voted number one for Best Men’s Clothing Store in the 2020 Best of Taos poll, Overland is as much a man cave as it is a mecca of the highest quality treasures of leather and other signature-style products.  “We have lots of new men’s merchandise,” said Taos store manager Julie Leavenworth by phone May 8. “Beautiful mens’ cotton shirts, lots of new styles – madras, stripes and plaids as well as linens; real classics. Plus our lightweight leathers, vests and jackets. Lots of shoes, Blackstone oxfords and slip-ons, and OluKai sneakers and flip-flops. 

The hardest thing about lockdown this spring was being unable to see and touch our babies in the nurseries. So we settled for calling in and curbside delivery to start getting our green on. Taos gardeners voted Petree Nursery and Greenhouses as the Best Nursery in 2020’s Best of Taos survey, which is where a whole lot of Taos gardeners go, because everything is locally grown, so the money stays in Taos. All Petree’s fans were itching to get into that 35-acre operation and see what Sylvia and Mike Petree and staff had worked on over the winter.

Everyone has an opinion about what's 'best' in Taos. So, every year, we hold a survey and ask all of you to tell us: Who has the best green chile? Where's the best place to go hiking? Which store has the best souvenir gifts? Among many other questions. More than 1,700 people participated this year, and the results are in! Find your copy in today's paper!

The main man at Johnny's Barber Shop is Ruben Graham — a craftsman with scissors and a razor, a barber's barber for more than 50 years. Not to mention, he's one of most genuinely pleasant people you'll ever meet.

Society has created many competing distractions when it comes to literacy and to education on the whole. As a result, we do not reinforce reading among children or adults for the most part. Books …

Rob Nightingale sits comfortably on an overstuffed couch in his gallery, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art on historic Kit Carson Road, and greets visitors in his relaxed and amiable manner. He prefers to …

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