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Toys For Tots Drive At Metzger's Today

on November 28, 2015 - 9:13am


The HMS Implacable, the Santa Fe/Los Alamos Chapter of the Honor Harrington Fan Association, is pleased to announce its Toys for Tots Drive, to take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Metzger's Do It Best Hardware at 1607 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.

Toys For Tots is a national charity organized by the United States Marines Corps Reserve. Its goal is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

"We are asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys and art

Today Is Small Business Saturday ... Shop Los Alamos!

on November 28, 2015 - 8:19am


Small Business Saturday is today and local establishments are stocked and ready for shoppers. Many have discounts and special sales, prizes and treats and are counting on the community to stop by and visit.

First observed Nov. 27, 2010, Small Business Saturday is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

Small Business Profile: Zia Realty Group Invests In Community

on November 28, 2015 - 8:14am
Zia Realty Group owner/broker James Chrobocinski in his newly purchased office suite Monday afternoon on the top floor of the New Mexico Bank and Trust Building at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Homeowners who visit owner/broker James Chrobocinski today between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Zia Realty Group, 15th and Central, can have their home listed for just 4.5 percent.

James Chrobocinski is a local business owner, county councilor and community volunteer.

He moved back to Los Alamos in 2012 with his wife

Small Business Profile: Fuller Lodge Art Center Shows Off Local Treasures

on November 28, 2015 - 8:10am
Amy Bjarke, left, and Nancy Coombs welcome visitors to the Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Fuller Lodge Art Center has its earliest roots in the post-war years with the Los Alamos Arts and Crafts Association. This group got together to share their love of making art but also to bring “exhibits” of well known New Mexico artists to Los Alamos.

There are later ties to the Los Alamos Arts Council and Pajarito Art League.

Small Business Profile: Send In The Drones: Radio Shack Of Los Alamos Fills The Techno Niche

on November 28, 2015 - 8:09am
Bill Cabral at his Radio Shack store in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bill Cabral arrived in Los Alamos in 1977 to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s laser fusion program but in 1988 he decided to open his own business to not only exercise his technical skills but his entrepreneurial ones, too.

His business was a computer store called Bill’s Computer Shop. He ran his store until 2001 when Cabral had the chance to buy the Radio Shack franchise from Dan and Lynn Steele.

Small Business Profile: Furry Friends Served By Pet Pangaea

on November 28, 2015 - 8:06am
Cyndi Wells behind the counter at Pet Pangaea. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

When Cyndi Wells first arrived in Los Alamos in 2000, she pursued a career at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

She explained she chose to move from Austin, Texas to Los Alamos because, “Los Alamos intrigued me. I grew up in the Midwest and always loved the beauty of New Mexico. As an undergraduate, I double majored in chemistry and Japanese; I thrive on challenge. My mother is from Germany and became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Small Business Profile: The Finishing Touch Caters To Customers’ Needs

on November 28, 2015 - 8:05am
The Finishing Touch team from left, Josh Fox, Mariana Ianhkievh, Linda Maes, Owner Cheryl Sowder, Danny Burns and Kris Hollis. Photo by Chris Clark/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post

When customers walk into The Finishing Touch at 174 Central Park Square, they encounter a beautiful selection of custom fit Hunter Douglas window coverings, shades, blinds, shutters, drapes, cornices, carpet, wood flooring, tile, paint and stains.

“At The Finishing Touch you will find more than great window coverings.

Small Business Profile: Dreams Come True With Journey Pacific

on November 28, 2015 - 8:02am
Beach at Aitutaki-Cook-Island. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Journey Pacific strives to fulfill people’s travel dreams. Owner Colette Levine explained she founded her travel agency nearly 13 years ago when she was pregnant with her first son in Boston. She, her business and family then moved to Las Vegas, Nev., and Knoxville, Tenn., before relocating to Los Alamos in 2011. Her husband works as a construction manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The greatest thing about Journey Pacific is listening to my clients’ travel dreams and then helping make them

Small Business Profile: Metzger’s Has Served Los Alamos Since 1947!

on November 28, 2015 - 8:01am
General Manager David Jolly and Metzger’s longest serving employee, head bookkeeper Sue Smith at the Los Alamos Store. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos and Metzger’s Do It Best have a long history together. Metzger’s has been in business since 1947.

“When the decision was made to make Los Alamos a permanent community after the Manhattan Project, officials approached Lee Metzger Sr about opening a retail store in Los Alamos, knowing that Mr.

Small Business Profile: Everyone Is Part Of The Family At Blue Window Bistro

on November 28, 2015 - 7:59am
Blue Window Bistro owner Melissa Paternoster receives glowing praise for her elegant catering of a special Historical Society event at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Melissa Paternoster was working as a hostess at the Blue Window Bistro when she learned the owner was interested in selling it.

“I loved everything about it from my first day, so when I found out the owner was ready to sell, it didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to buy it.”

Paternoster has owned the bistro for five years.

Small Business Profile: In Touch Medical Massage Brings Relief From Pain

on November 28, 2015 - 7:58am
Kreig Peterson of In Touch Medical Massage at his office. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Kreig Peterson, owner of In Touch Medical Massage, offers his patients relief from pain.

“I work extremely hard to give my clients the best massage they have ever had,” he said.

Peterson is certified in multiple massage modalities that promote relaxation and pain relief, plus, he is the only certified medical massage therapist in town. Just what is medical massage?

Small Business Profile: Two Fiber Arts Businesses Join Forces To Keep Los Alamos In Stitches

on November 28, 2015 - 7:51am
Katie Brousseau of Warm Hearts Yarn, left, and Shelly Kuropatwinski of Atomic City Quilts in the storefront they share. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Katie Brousseau, owner of Warm Hearts Yarn, and Shelly Kuropatwinski, owner of Atomic City Quilts, have exposed Los Alamos to the world of fiber art.

Brousseau said both businesses “teach and encourage all skill levels in the knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilting arenas.”

Brousseau has knitted and crocheted for more than 20 years and Kuropatwinski has made quilts for almost 16 years.

Small Business Profile: UnQuarked Features Rotating List Of 30 Unique Wines

on November 28, 2015 - 7:48am
UnQuarked The Wine Room co-owner Jim Fish. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost
Los Alamos Daily Post

When the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation sent a state-wide inquiry to wineries about operating a wine room in Central Park Square, Anasazi Fields Winery, Vivác Winery, and Black’s Smuggler Winery decided to respond. Their response resulted in UnQuarked The Wine Room opening its doors in late November 2014.

“The three of us felt that Los Alamos was a good match for our wines,” Anasazi Fields owner Jim Fish said.

Small Business Profile: PEEC Gift Shop Celebrates The Natural World

on November 28, 2015 - 7:47am
PEEC Executive Director PEEC Katie Watson outside the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost
Los Alamos Daily Post

If there is one stand-out quality in Los Alamos, it would be the community’s spectacular scenery and all the flora and fauna that goes with it.

For more than 10 years, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has strived to educate, celebrate, preserve and explore all the natural wonders of this community.

Sandra West, marketing manager for PEEC, explained the organization was founded in 2000, “by a group of dedicated

Small Business Profile: Pilates Helps People Do Everything Better

on November 28, 2015 - 7:45am
Blue Sky Pilates owner Mary Lutes, left, with trainer Sabrina Svard. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Blue Sky Pilates owner Mary Lutes moved to Los Alamos in 1982. 

“Everyone has a reason for coming to Los Alamos. Mine is I ‘married’ into the town,” Lutes said. “I met my first husband at New Mexico State University, we got married and decided to move to Los Alamos because that is where he was from.”

Lutes opened her Blue Sky Pilates studio in April 2011 at 2101 Trinity Dr, Suite A.

“Pilates is the most amazing type of exercise.

Small Business Profile: Fusion Multisport Gets Shoppers To The Next Level In Outdoor Adventure

on November 28, 2015 - 7:40am
Brad and Rose Nyenhuis in the shoe department of Fusion Multisport. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost
Los Alamos Daily Post

Fusion Multisport owners Brad and Rose Nyenhuis arrived in Los Alamos Aug. 27, 2013.

“We came to Los Alamos to live close to mountains and open up a sports store,” Brad said. “We opened Fusion Multisport Nov. 21, 2013 at 106 Central Park Square.”

She’s a runner and he’s a cyclist. Rose a national class masters competitor who has an infectious love of running, outdoor sports, and fitness in general.

Small Business Profile: Laura Parker Of Mary Kay Cosmetics Has Products For Everyone

on November 28, 2015 - 7:39am

Holiday gifts from Mary Kay. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

When Mary Kay started her business in 1963, it was in a small store in Dallas, Texas. According to, she sold five products. 

Things have certainly changed; now Mary Kay is a global cosmetic brand that employs millions of consultants. One of those consultants is Laura Parker of Los Alamos.

Parker is a long-time Mary Kay beauty consultant. She started selling the cosmetics in September 1983.

“I began selling Mary Kay while I was in college because I recognized it was a fun and easy way to

UNM-LA’s Sheri Lopez Proves Perseverance Does Pay Off

on November 27, 2015 - 9:43am

Sheri Lopez jokes with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján during Luján’s last visit to the UNM-LA campus to discuss STEM programs. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

2003 Pojoaque High School graduate Sheri Lopez’s college experience exemplifies the non-traditional student trajectory to success that UNM-LA believes can be the norm.

The young, single mother is attending New Mexico Tech in Socorro for mechanical engineering with a minor in aerospace, and as a pre-engineering student at UNM-LA, Lopez was one of five students selected nationally for the Great Minds in STEM scholarship.

Float Los Alamos Opens Today!

on November 27, 2015 - 9:43am

Float Los Alamos opens today at 927 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos.

The new business provides floatation therapy a.k.a. Floating, or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy), which involves lying in a spacious, dark tank floating atop a super saturated Epsom salt water solution. The goal of floatation therapy is to limit sensory input and allow the body to shift into a parasympathetic state to achieve rest, relaxation and restoration of normal function and behavior.

R.E.S.T reduces…

Sound: Your ears (with earplugs in) stay just below the water; the tanks

In And Around Town: Nov. 26

on November 27, 2015 - 9:41am
The In and Around Town community calendar is updated daily and accessible via the button on the sidebar of the online edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. It appears in the news feed of the Post each Thursday and weekly in the print edition. In order to have items included in the print edition, submit them by Monday of the week they should appear. Send calendar items to
FRIDAY Nov. 27
Fractal Show At The Planetarium
Enjoy an evening out and journey into the never-ending world of fractals in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium 7 p.m.

Small Business Profile: Teddie Sue Mooday Builds Relationships One House At A Time

on November 27, 2015 - 9:40am
RE/MAX Associate broker Teddie Sue Mooday at a home she has listed at 155 Kimberly in white Rock. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Teddie Sue Mooday is a native New Mexican who grew up in Albuquerque, graduated from Sandia High School and the University of New Mexico, and ran track and cross country.

Mooday moved to Los Alamos in 2000 when her husband accepted a position at Los Alamos National Laboratory

“I really love the outdoors and low key lifestyle in Los Alamos,” she said.

Los Alamos Co+op Market Formed By Community For Community

on November 27, 2015 - 9:39am
The Community’s New Favorite Brunch Spot:  Deli Manager Chris Laino is setting up shop in the café again this weekend. Laino has been preparing made-to-order omelets for the past several weeks, an effort that has been wildly successful. ‘The omelet bar runs every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Food Co+op was a long time in the making. In 2006 a collective of local Los Alamos residents came together to form a food co-op.

Small Business Profile: Village Arts Supplies Artistic Expression

on November 27, 2015 - 9:38am
Owner Ken Nebel inside Village Arts 216 DP Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos may be widely known as a scientific town but it has a whole other side … an artistic side.

Whatever artistic medium residents use to express themselves, Village Arts has the supplies for the job. Owner Ken Nebel has operated the framing and art supply business for six years. He purchased the business from former resident Marilyn Warren. With new ownership came a new location. The business moved from Central Park Square to 216 DP Road.


Giving Tuesday Celebrates Nonprofit Work

on November 27, 2015 - 9:23am

The Y’s Fall 'Leaf' campaign. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

There is a movement being promoted across the country called Giving Tuesday that was created by the 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in New York City that since 1874 has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving. Its purpose is to celebrate and encourage giving.

“We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals,” says the Giving Tuesday website, “Now we have a global day dedicated to giving back.” 

The idea is in its fourth year nationally, but this will be the first year The Family YMCA will


Two Acorn Woodpeckers Spotted At Nature Center

on November 27, 2015 - 9:09am

Two Acorn Woodpeckers feeding on suet Wednesday afternoon at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Morgan Williams of Albuquerque