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On a lazy afternoon, the last thing many people want to do is head to Santa Fe to look at galleries. The mention of the word can be enough to make some people look around for undone chores.
However, Hillside Market, at 86 Old Las Vegas Hwy., has a range of services that might change some minds. With work from more than 30 New Mexican artists, antiques, a koi rescue area, a coffee shop and a large greenhouse, Hillside Market is appealing to people of all ages.
Owners Tisha Sjostrand, Kate Sjostrand and Pam Fennell created a space for people to browse, have a cup of coffee, meet local artists, buy local produce and take a class or two. This is no high-pressure sales situation. Staff members and artists are available to give information, but customers can enjoy the items on display at their own pace, without being pushed or prodded, which is helpful, as there is so much to see.
The variety of merchandise includes items one expects to see in art galleries, such as paintings and sculptures, but also includes jewelry, rugs, furniture and many old treasures. Another important facet of this business is that the artists are not from elsewhere, merely selling their work in New Mexico, so all purchases support New Mexico’s economy.
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