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Jewelry Store Closing After 83 Years in ABQ

By Charlotte Balcomb Lane
Of the Journal
    INSIDE RETAIL: It's the end of an era for the F.D. Fogg & Co. jewelry store as it prepares to close its doors after 83 years in Albuquerque.
    The decision to close was made by third-generation owner Ellen Fogg Kersh, said her father, Donald Fogg, who took over the business in 1953 from his father, Frank D. Fogg.
    "It's just the time to do it. It seemed like the time to move on," said Donald Fogg.
    The store's last day will be Dec. 24. All the merchandise in the store at 220 Copper NW is on sale. Items include loose gems, watches and jewelry.
    The business has had several locations over the course of eight decades. In 1921, it opened in Downtown at 318 W. Central. Later, it moved into what is now the Sunshine Building.
    When Winrock opened in the early 1960s, the store moved into the mall. Later, it relocated across the street from Coronado Center. About two years ago, the family returned the business to Downtown, near La Posada de Albuquerque.
    Until the store closes, its telephone number is 246-0044.
    SOME COOL STUFF DOWNTOWN: With the holidays right around the corner, you may want to check out a new store called the Marrakesh Mercantile Co. at 111 Fourth NW.
    The store carries handmade goods from Morocco, including musical instruments and drums, hand-woven carpets, lamps and lanterns, leather ottomans and inlaid mirrors.
    Owner Tim O'Brien, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in the 1990s in Morocco, said he is trying to "bridge the misunderstanding gap between America and the Middle East."
    The Marrakesh Mercantile is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The telephone number is 246-2850.
    The store's Web site is www. marrakeshmercantile.com.
    By the way, Marrakesh Mercantile is one of the many Downtown businesses putting on the first Jingle & Mingle on Saturday and Sunday.
    Stores and restaurants in Downtown will be open late, offering specials and entertainment. Marrakesh Mercantile plans live music and belly dancers.
    THE WEALTH OF NEW MEXICO: This year, two new retail outlets are giving New Mexicans another chance to "shop local."
    In Coronado Center, there is the New Mexico Food & Gift Showcase with more than 500 products made by 60 New Mexico companies. From chipotle sauces, chocolates and nuts to Italian-style cooking sauces, the shop offers flavors of New Mexico, said founder Barbara Mangum.
    Mangum also has some of her own company's products in the store. Her company, Chili Crop, produces an award-winning, Italian-style cooking sauce.
    The store sells products individually and in gift baskets.
    "The idea was to showcase all that we could of New Mexico," said Mangum.
    The New Mexico Food & Gift Showcase is between Macy's and Foley's on the upper level of Coronado Center. The store will be open until Jan. 23.
    The telephone number is 881-4989.
    In the Cottonwood Mall, a similar store called New Mexico Books & More is specializing in more than 250 titles by New Mexico authors. From children's books and cookbooks to books on art, history and travel, the cooperative project covers many subjects.
    More than 165 authors and independent publishers banded together to create the store, under the leadership of Barbe Awalt and Paul Rhetts of LPD Press in Albuquerque.
    They are also organizing a series of 75 book signings in the store. It will be open until Jan. 2.
    New Mexico Books & More is on the lower level of Cottonwood Mall in the middle.
    DE-STRESS IN NOB HILL: A new chiropractic clinic called New Directions Chiropractic has opened at 3216 Monte Vista at Campus. The proprietor is Kelley Coogan, who brings Eastern knowledge and special techniques to her chiropractic practice, including training in ayurvedic medicine, yoga and Sacro Occipital Technique.
    According to a press release, these skills allow Coogan to individualize treatments for each patient, ranging from very gentle to more structural.
    In addition, Jill Sanders, a reflexologist, practices in the clinic.
    As an opening perk, Coogan is offering introductory discounts during December.
    Patients can call New Direction Chiropractic at 247-HEAL or 247-4325.
    The office shares a building with Robert Slattery Construction and Earthwise Therapeutic, a massage therapy clinic.
    DANCERS GOT MOVING: After 18 years in the Wyoming Mall, Sandra's School of Dance moved to a new location at 1624 Eubank NE.
    Owner Sandra Padilla said she bought the 7,500-square-foot building that once housed Sound Ideas, a music equipment store. Outfitted with new wood floors, dressing rooms and other amenities, the new Sandra's location opened Nov. 2.
    Padilla said her students didn't miss a beat after the move. About 600 students a week attend the school, in addition to those who participate in a competitive male-and-female dance team. The telephone number has remained the same— 292-0318.