Mother-daughter stores complement El Zócalo
Jennifer Delaney doesn’t always agree with her mother, Sara Chadwick, but she says they have worked well together over twelve years of operating a high-end Southwestern boutique in New Hampshire. Sara said that she was drawn immediately to the ambiance of New Mexico when she visited the Balloon Fiesta in 1986.
Jennifer moved to Placitas five years ago and began working for a large Southwestern furniture store. It was there that she met woodworker-artist John Alarcon and discovered their common interest in starting a furniture-design business. John owns Artis-tree Woodworks, and Jennifer owns Jennifer Delaney Design, which just last month moved out of Sara’s Southwest in Bernalillo’s El Zócalo complex and across the hall to the showroom most recently occupied by Arte Local Gallery.
The owners work with customers to custom-design and build handcrafted beds, dressers, bookcases, dining-room sets, and the like. They use a variety of woods, including pine, knotty alder, wormy maple, red oak, and cherry, using mortise-and-tenon joinery, frame and floating panel construction, and dovetailing systems for the drawers. Artis-tree specialized in twigging shutters and doors, using salt cedar and cottonwood. Customers can supply fabrics or choose from a wide variety for durable and comfortable upholstery. They also import quality hand-dyed wool area rugs woven on looms in Oaxaca.
Sara’s Southwest will continue as a separate store across the hall. Sara describes it as “a gift shop transitioning into a gallery, specializing in home furnishings and boutique items.” She says that the current wide variety of products, including fine Southwestern jewelry, is leftover stock from her New Hampshire store, which she continues to operate through an online catalog.
“I plan to offer home furnishing that will complement Jennifer Delaney Design. With all the contacts that I have made over the years, my store can be a resource center where customers can order what they want. We provide an outlet for local artists and sell nationally-known crafts such as Davy pottery and Sally masks.
Jennifer says, “We’re happy to be in the Zócalo because it adds to the flavor of what we have to offer. It feels good here and we’re looking forward to the county restoration projects.” She encourages customers to stop by their double Open House on May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and May 15 from noon to 5:00 p.m. or any other time when the Open sign is out. Customers are also welcome to call 362-2065 for an appointment.
The Zócalo Complex is at 282 South Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo.
Free credit reports help prevent identity theft
—Office of U.S. Representative Tom Udall (D-NM)
Identity theft reached new heights this month after data brokers confirmed that criminals may have compromised personal and financial data belonging to almost half a million Americans. New Mexicans can help combat identity theft by requesting their free credit reports.
LexisNexis Group has revealed that the data violations it discovered last month could affect 310,000 consumers—about ten times as many as initially estimated. Millions of Americans have been exposed to potential identity theft in fourteen major breaches in the past year at various brokers, universities, banks, and other institutions.
Credit reports are maintained by the three nationwide credit bureaus: TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. Under the 2003 Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, those credit bureaus must provide consumers one free copy of their credit reports in every twelve-month period, upon request. Consumers in western and midwestern states already have access to free reports. Consumers in southern states can order them beginning on June 1, 2005, and, in eastern states, beginning September 1, 2005.
New Mexicans may request their credit reports at www.annualcreditreport.com, by calling 1-877-322-8228, or by writing to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.