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Ruby Alexander’s first thought when opening up a café was how to give the community a place to gather and spend time together.
Since the opening in 2005, Ruby K’s has done just that.
“It has become a common staple in Los Alamos,” Alexander said. “It is a place where there is great food, great service and the perfect spot to hang out.”
Located in downtown Los Alamos, its central location is ideal, Alexander said.
Alexander has lived in Los Alamos for 28 years.
With a menu consisting of bagels, sandwiches, desserts and the well-received smoothie, the plan is to branch out.
Currently, Ruby K’s offers cupcakes, cake pops and mini pies, which according to Alexander, are flying off the shelves. Moreover, she wants to expand the business to offer more catering — luncheon-based items, such as appetizers, mini sandwich platters, fruit and veggie platters and other finger foods for office parties, gatherings and even weddings. Ruby K’s makes their sandwiches with homemade breads.
Alexander said she wants to offer items for teens, which can allow them to get together with their friends after school.
Ruby K’s offers special happy hour prices during the week — usually 20 percent off the featured item. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. is coffee happy hour; 3 to 4:30 p.m. is smoothie happy hour and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is cupcake happy hour.
“I have visions of great things happening,” Alexander said. She values the presence of general manager Sarah Haag. “She is so young and energetic. Her creative vision will help us where we are going.”
Ruby K’s has served as host to many community hours and the upcoming Yum Run. The one challenge, Alexander said, is space. “We are busting at the seams.”
Registration is now open for the Yum Run and forms are available at the café or online at rubybagel.com. T-shirts are available for the first 150 participants and registration will be up until the morning of the run. Runners can choose either the 5K, which starts at 8 a.m., or the 10K, which starts at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 26. The race will begin and at the café. Registration fee is $30 per person, $90 per family.
There is also a 1K run/walk for $15 per person, $35 per family.
The Yum Run was started nine years ago by Aaron Goldman, who passed away in 2010, and continues in his memory. The name of the run was created for his love of running and bagels. “Goldman was a big part of the community and we continue to honor him,” Alexander said.
“Ruby Alexander is really important in this run,” said June Gladney, treasurer of LA Cares. “She and Aaron started it together when Aaron approached her with the idea of the Yum Run. She is the biggest sponsor. Without her, the board wouldn’t be able to pick it up.”
The event is the largest fundraiser for LA Cares, a local assistance program for families in need. Ruby K’s also is a supporter of other local organizations including the YMCA, Young Life, the American Cancer Society, school and sports events.
Ruby K’s, 1789 Central Ave., is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Mandy Marksteiner contributed to this report.