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New shop aims to spur Sawmill redevelopment


Spur Line Supply Co. is to open Sept. 1 in the Sawmill District. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The redevelopment of the Sawmill District is about to take its next step.

Spur Line Supply Co., describing itself as a “lifestyle concept store which highlights locals,” is set to open on Sept. 1, owner Tess Coats said.

It’s a collaborative effort between Coats, and Jim Long, president of Heritage Hotels and CEO of Spur Line. Long, who is spearheading redevelopment of the Sawmill District, owns the building that Spur Line occupies.

“It’s been awesome (working with Long),” Coats said. “With honesty, I can say he is such a visionary. He gave me lots of creative freedom, and I am excited to be a cornerstone of the district.”

The store occupies an 8,600-square-foot space in the southern end of the building at 800 20th NW, next to Mama’s Minerals and across the street from the Long-owned Hotel Chaco.

Inside, are smaller shops where she will feature work from local vendors and artists. Each will occupy its own 200- to 500-square-foot area:

— Tres Cuervos, a men’s shop specializing in leather, bath products and whiskey-soaked jerky.

— Power and Light Letterpress, a stationery company out of Silver City

— Baby Blast Off, which sells clothing and toys for children

— Hi-Phy Record, specializing in modern music with “floor to ceiling vinyl,” according to Coats.

— Dryland Wilds, a bath product company out of Vallecito, near Ojo Caliente. The vendor forages and distills bath products from local plants. It will host classes on making bath products and lead “Wild Walks” to take people on nature walks to learn about local plants.

— Wanderer Taos will also be included in what will be its third location. A flower shop and gardening store will fill out the other spaces.

In the center of the store is a large open area, which will be the home of an old Air Stream trailer with craft products. A coffee shop will operate out of a sawed-in-half old Datsun.

There also will be a classroom area for various lessons and yoga classes. Each vendor partnering with Spur Line will host classes in the classroom in a concept Coats calls “Sessions @ Spur Line.”

Coats said her goal is to provide a place where people can shop, eat, relax and spend the day.