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Magical places to visit that aren’t Meow Wolf

Welcome to Santa Fe, my home town. What really makes Santa Fe a truly magical place to live and visit are the special people who take time out to talk with you while you are shopping in their stores.

A vinegaroon is one of the oddities that Wade Harrell might show you at The Harrell House Bug Museum. ( Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Stopping by Video Library to select a DVD or even a VCR video is the opposite of the Red Box and Netflix movie experience. Lisa, the owner, and her gang provide an extensive, in-depth knowledge of movies. In addition, they personalize movie choices that will best suit your interests and what you are going through – a kind of movie therapy. Be prepared not only to pick up the movie you were looking for, but also enter into a lively coffee-house conversation about your life, your world and your dog. I have known Lisa since 1983, and she has been a consistent bright light of caring and sharing.

Next on my list of magical places is Keshi, the home of many beautiful Zuni fetishes. When you walk into the store, one of them might be calling out to you. It is a living Medicine Card experience where Bronwyn and her crew enjoy sharing the stories of both the carvers and the stone fetishes. The animal and corn maiden carvings have archetypal meanings that can reflect back to you a theme about your inner life. Friendly and insightful conversations are at the heart of Keshi.

When you need a battery for your watch or motorcycle, go to Batteries Plus on St. Michael’s, where Jeff and Jerry will warmly greet you and take care of your battery needs. For me, the highlight of each visit is to play with and cuddle their store mascot Mo, a chocolate-brown toy poodle. Jeff and Jerry do an excellent job with their battery business, and Mo, whom I call MoMo, takes care of my dog petting needs!

Your dog and cat will insist you take them to Marty’s Meals on Cordova, where just the smells alone are enough to delight their sensitive noses – well, almost enough, as the dog and cat foods made on-site are the healthiest for your four-legged friends. And the humans who work there are the nicest and care about your pets. It is our grand-dog Munchkin’s favorite place to visit in town, but the Rose Garden is a close second.

Don’t forget and be sure to stop by my favorite “inner child workshop,” the store called Doodlets. Stretch out your imagination and enter a state of playfulness where the lucky people who love to work there are happy to remind you that it is never too late to have a happy childhood.

Lastly, there is a place in town where Wade will offer up more information about bugs, snakes and dinosaurs than you could ever imagine. It’s the Harrell House Bug House Museum in DeVargas Center. There is a small fee to enter their extensive bug and snake collection, and you can even gently handle a live millipede. Conversation is free and friendly, and the learning is endless.

These are just some of my favorites, and I encourage you to remember your favorite and magical places and visit them often.

Lovewave lives in Santa Fe.



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