Funky Finds

Discover Weird & Wonderful Treasures Around Taos

By Michael Tashji

Taos has long been known for its offbeat charm and individuality, with one-of-a-kind shops and galleries offering an unusual array of original works. Check out these exotic furnishings, offbeat art and apparel, and natural curiosities from local artists – and find out just how funky Taos can be.

Gaucho Blue Skull (Courtesy photo)

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Susanna Starr’s Odyssey

Starr Interiors celebrates 50th Year

By Virginia L. Clark

Now in its 50th year, Starr Inte-riors seems more vibrant than ever — if that’s possible. One of the oldest galleries in Taos, its uniquely beautiful courtyard accents the wraparound gal-lery rooms just north of Taos Plaza on Paseo del Pueblo Norte, seducing every passer-by into its welcoming embrace.

Susanna Starr inspects yarn (Courtesy photos)

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Turquoise Takeover

NM United and the Town of Taos team up on new soccer jerseys 

By Jeans Pineda

The Town of Taos Tourism and Marketing Department has partnered with New Mexico United on a project melding art, fashion and sports within and beyond the Taos community.

Photo Courtesy of NM United & The Town of Taos

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Dunn Deal

Take a charmed shopping excursion in the heart of historic Taos

By Josephine Ashton

“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things: of shoes and ships — and sealing wax — of cabbages and kings.” But then, bless his mathematician, logician, imaginative, 1832-1898 author’s heart, Lewis Carroll had never enjoyed a summer stroll through the John Dunn Shops in downtown Taos.  

Visitors enjoy a warm day at the John Dunn/Bent Street shops in Taos, New Mexico, Photos by Jane Phillips/ For the Taos News

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Native Plaza

Indigenous arts in the heart of Taos 

By Virginia Clark & Photos By Sam Joseph

Local, authentic indigenous art is alive and kicking up Native dust around Taos Plaza. The gallery owners are primarily Taos Pueblo tribal members, but they carry works from Taos Pueblo and many other First Nations’ artists.

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Shop Taos

The centrally located John Dunn Shops have something for everyone

By Haven Lindsey & Photos by sam joseph

At the heart of Taos’ Historic District, enveloped in a canvas of trees, surrounded by landscaped flower gardens, with soft background music and welcoming places to sit, relax, absorb and repeat, the John Dunn Shops offer a quaint, pedestrian, pet-friendly experience as the answer to its more lively, vehicular-friendly neighbor, the Taos Plaza..

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Toker Tourism

Cruising around Taos, you might wonder if the skunk you smell is the black and white variety or one that’s decidedly greener.

By michael tashji 
Nathan Burton/Taos News
A pile of just-made pre-rolls sit in the production facility at Southwest Cannabis on Tuesday (March 22).

That’s because New Mexico legalized recreational adult-use cannabis in June 2021, and weed went on sale on April 1.

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Taos Ski Valley’s Confluence

Highlighting regional goods. When two rivers merge, it is called a confluence.

By Will Hooper 
Nathan Burton/Taos News
Confluence Artisan Goods, one of the newest businesses to open at the Taos Ski Valley, provides local, regional, and generally artisan crafted goods to those hoping to bring home a piece of the Southwest.

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Retail resurgence

‘Taos Ski Valley’s renaissance

has delivered modern and thoughtful upgrades while retaining the area’s character and soul, and businesses.  like Cid’s and others reflect that ethos because they are locally owned, original and will be integrated into the community,’ said David Norden, CEO of Taos Ski Valley. 

Courtesy Taos Ski Valley

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Local shopping guide

Taos has the best places to find gifts for any person or occasion

By Celesa Lucien

If you have a busy schedule to include all the scenic and museum destinations of Taos, you will want to hit the best shops guaranteed to complete your shopping list. For items you may have forgotten or for things you did not expect to need or for loved ones that remained at home, here is a “get it or bust” list.

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