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Was born in El Paso, Texas on October 21, 1956. She was moved to Taos by her parents Bill and Sammy Heaton, lifelong residents and accomplished artists of Taos, New Mexico. At age 64, Tita passed away peacefully with her family by her side after a battle with breast cancer on December 22, 2020 at 9:19pm in Portland, Oregon.
Brick and mortar, mom and pop. Taos Plaza shops and galleries have faced economic challenges, an aggressive online marketplace and now a pandemic. Any of these events could cause a business to go under, let alone all of these. It takes special grit and fortitude to be still standing.
“COVID – these are strange times,” mused Taos Community Foundation Director Lisa O’Brien. “It seems apparent by now that things are not returning to where we were six months ago, so what is going to be the new normal and how will we move forward through it?”
This year it’s likely you’ve spent more time than usual in your home, and maybe you’ve spent part of that time dreaming of an upgrade to your space.
What’s been your inspiration? A home improvement show, perhaps – or, maybe things are just looking a little tired and you’re ready for a change.
However the bug has bitten you, it’s time for a visit to Dan’s Flooring & Window Coverings, where for 32 years the Gonzales family – Daniel, Christina and son Jeremiah – have been serving Northern New Mexico.
You can only take so much. For one thing, Terry Polis, owner of Terry’s Chimney Service in Taos, there was an old adage that kept nagging at him as 2020 began.
“When I was a kid and I first started in this business back in ‘78, an old-timer once told me that business is never good in an election year,” Polis said. The axiom he noted describes the tendency for commerce to dip as campaigns raced to the finish line in November due to nervousness about what changes a new administration might bring.
Barbara Basbanes Richter owns In Ink Ghostwriting, out of Larchmont, New York. She said she and her team of writers have been "busy during the pandemic with personal histories and memoirs -- family stories set down on paper to be passed from one generation to the next. Given the historical and unprecedented nature of these challenging times, I think people want to ensure that their stories aren't forgotten.
Even though Debbie Friday Jagers earned her real estate license just this year, her experiences from childhood to college to career guided her onto this trajectory long before. She equates arriving at this new profession to laying path stones. “You build each one to the next. I’ve been building a path to this my whole life.” Her excitement to navigate this new course is evident when we speak.