Santa Fe

“It’s the COVID effect,” Duran said [Stephanie Duran, an associate broker with Barker Realty]. “People have been realizing they don’t need to be at the office. They can live anywhere. At the same time, they are fleeing higher density. Instead of just retiring to Santa Fe, they can live in Santa Fe now instead of having a multidecade dream of living here.” Demand for homes in Santa Fe continues at a fast pace, drawing homebuyers from...

Business editor Teya Vitu reports that construction is booming in Santa Fe. Seventeen apartment projects and a 68-unit independent living center have been recently completed or under construction. Between January and November 2020, 281 building permits for single-family dwellings were pulled. Construction activity and related job growth have ranked Santa Fe in or near the top ten among the nation's 358 metropolitan areas. Read the full article on the New Mexican....

Once again, Teya Vitu has written a thoughtful and timely piece for Santa Fe's small business community in today's Santa Fe New Mexican.This is the year just about every business owner is wondering, how long can I last?The coronavirus drags on with no sense of when a mask-free, mass-gathering-restored normal will resume.Businesses have failed. More businesses will fail. But do businesses with a fuzzy horizon need to shut down forever?Not at all, insists...

Santa Fe and local hospitality businesses are basking in love this week thanks to the voters in Condé Nast Traveler’s 32nd annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Based on survey responses by 600,000 people, The City Different is Number 2 on the list of Best Small Cities in the U.S. (after Charleston, S.C.). Inn of the Five Graces and La Fonda on the Plaza were Numbers 1 and 2 on the list of Best Hotels in the West,...

Leadership Santa Fe helps up-and-coming leaders develop high-level management skills and connects them to key players in Santa Fe’s business and policy spheres. Participants delve into challenges facing the city and actively engage in the process of creating solutions. The program takes place every year between September and May and consists of 12 sessions, about two per month. Alumni include Santa Fe City Manager Erik Litzenberg, Police Chief Andrew Padilla, and multiple City Council members...

Sam Goldenberg & Associates shepherded Jean Devine into Santa Fe's beloved Garcia Street Books.   By Justin Horwarth | The New Mexican Jul 10, 2017 The new owner of Garcia Street Books is banking that an old formula, encouraging customers to browse, will help the independent bookstore survive in the age of Amazon’s Kindle and other online services that have eaten into the profit margins of brick-and-mortar booksellers across the nation. Jean Devine, 63, said she wants the 15,000-square-foot...

The New Mexican By Bruce Krasnow July 12, 2017 [caption id="attachment_567515" align="alignleft" width="351"] Jennifer Day and executive chef of New Mexico Fine Dining. Photo credits Luis Sánchez Saturno.[/caption] A Santa Fe couple who own vacation rentals, car dealerships and furniture stores has purchased four local restaurants with the promise of reopening two that are now closed and tripling their Santa Fe workforce by next year. Jim and Jennifer Day are now the owners of Georgia and Bouche, as well as the closed Bobcat Bite and a restaurant space at 227 Galisteo St. that was home to Galisteo Bistro but will reopen under the Italian name “A Mano.” The couple recently lived in San Antonio, Texas, but has owned a home in Santa Fe for 16 years and lived here full time for nine years. Jennifer Day is an interior designer and fiber artist. Jim Day is a competitive bicycle rider who graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas. Together they own several car dealerships in Texas as well as 50 Aaron’s furniture franchises in 10 states. They also own the Escondido Ranch in Central New Mexico, which will be the primary source of grass-fed beef sold at their Santa Fe restaurants.

Reposted from the Santa Fe New Mexican. Sunday, August 21, 2016 Do you find the food in Santa Fe enjoyable? It’s no wonder. Santa Fe, after all, has just been named to yet another prestigious Top 10 list — the readers of Travel + Leisure named it one of the best cities for food in these United States. The accolade was part of the magazine’s World’s Best Awards for 2016, with votes from sophisticated travelers — folks who...

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To learn more about this business acquisition opportunity, visit C.G. Higgins for Sale.

By Steve Terrell The New Mexican

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016 11:00 pm

The candy-maker wants to call it quits. Chuck Higgins, founder and proprietor of C.G. Higgins Confections, which has two locations in Santa Fe, says health problems have convinced him to sell his operation to “somebody with fresh enthusiasm. Someone who has a passion for chocolate and candy.”
Higgins, 68, said he’s tired. “I’ve been making candy for 35 years.”
He has been operating his production center and retail shop on St. Francis Drive at Ninita Street for about 15 years. Higgins also has operated a downtown shop on Lincoln Street, just north of the Plaza, since 2013. He sells his candies, Taos Cow ice cream as well as coffee, which he said comes from a cooperative in Nicaragua that’s Rainforest Alliance Certified.
“I’ve developed this great brand, this great format, a great product that tastes good,” Higgins said. “We make it all ourselves. The quiche, the truffles, the candy, the chocolate, the brittles.”
About a year ago, Higgins said, he had a transient ischemic attack, commonly called a mini stroke. “And that really kind of set me back,” he told a reporter. “It’s been really difficult to keep things going.”
He put the building on St. Francis Drive on the market a couple of months ago, he said. Then on Thursday he went public to sell his whole operation.
“I’m setting it up so the business is available with all the equipment, all the expertise, the branding, the training, everything they need to just slide right into it,” Higgins said.
He said whoever takes over can either buy or lease the building.
Higgins grew up in Iowa. For years he made a living selling candy, nuts and other treats at state fairs across the country, operating out of New Orleans and Little Rock, Ark. In the mid-1990s, he came to New Mexico to sell his caramel apples at a concession stand at the state fair. He’s lived in the state since, first in Los Lunas, where for a short time he had a restaurant. He said he worked at the New Mexico State Fair for 20 years at a booth called “Chuck’s Nuts.”
“I want to live in Santa Fe for many years,” Higgins said. “The main thing is to find a way to gently step back and turn over the day-to-day to new owners.”

Congratulations to the McPhersons for all the positive press that has shown the spotlight on Sweet Lily Bakery. Since Sam Goldenberg & Associates brokered the acquisition of this downtown bakery in late 2015, the McPhersons have put their own signature stamp on the menu and interior decor. Their changes have been enthusiastically received. With new owners, a fresh look, expanded menu, Sweet Lily aims to be your cup of tea By Tantri Wija For The New Mexican There is more than one priceless flower...

At the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce’s Gala Awards in June, Sam Goldenberg & Associates took top honors as the City of Santa Fe’s Best Small Business of 2015. http://issuu.com/juliamunde4/docs/sga-high-on-santa-fe-fall-2015_699711d2487bff...

This morning Michael Greene and Simon Brackley with the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce discussed Sam Goldenberg & Associates' designation as the City of Santa Fe's 2015 Best Small Business of the Year, took a closer look at what a business broker does, and shared their thoughts on the local economy. The program aired at 11:30 am to SVSF 101.5 (The Voice of Santa Fe). To listen to the podcast, click Business Matters....

Whether you're looking to sell your business, buy a business, or simply want to explore your options, we invite you to stop by our booth at today's Santa Fe Business Expo. It's being held all day (1o am to 4 pm) at the Santa Fe Place Mall. We look forward to meeting you! ...

The year just passed was a strong year for Sam Goldenberg & Associates. During 2014, we put under contract or sold 13 New Mexico businesses, expanded our staff, and strengthened our presence as the exclusive Sunbelt Business brokerage for the state of New Mexico and southern Colorado. We redesigned this website, as well as launched SunbeltNewMexico.com, and made important strides in improving our marketing platforms for our clients. While some back-patting may be permissible, credit is also due...