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Downtown merchants celebrate growth, sense of community

ven19_ja_05feb_burqueALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As the face of Downtown Albuquerque changes, the feeling of community grows.

This is where Sheri Crider, owner of Sanitary Tortilla Factory, wanted to get the local businesses and celebrate.

Crider organized Burque Bowl along with Zendo artespresso, Gertrude Zachary Antiques and Sidetrack Brewing.

“The neighborhood is a pretty exciting piece of Downtown,” she says. “The business owners are all like-minded and thought it would be nice to introduce ourselves to the community.”

Sanitary Tortilla Factory is the newest business in this group. The art space just relocated from a leased space in Wells Park.

The new space boast 15 artists’ studios.

“We have a plan to develop a shared fabrication space and artist residency,” Crider says.

The grand opening of the studios will be held from 5 to 10 and will feature music from Lovers & Leavers.

At Zendo, there will an art show called “Event Horizon” by Matthew M. Cohen.

At the same time at Gertrude Zachary Antiques, the antique shop and blacksmith shop will be open for the event.

And at Sidetrack, visitors can stop by the taproom for beer.

“We’ve always planned to celebrate all of the businesses in the area,” Crider says. “This is the first of many events that we will have. The business community is growing at the south end of Downtown, and we want people to know that we are here. We want to build a community that enjoys art and togetherness.”