Berco’s Bistro

Berco’s Bistro will be opening up on June 4, said owner Matt Bercovitch. Previously Berco’s made a name for himself selling barbecue at his first restaurant in Moriarty.

In Cedar Crest, there is a gas station with a kitchen that has remained closed for several years now. Bercovitch said he had been contemplating starting up a food truck and learned that a home-base kitchen and commissary are required to have a food truck.

“It’s a great location and I am changing what it is,” he said. Berco’s Bistro will be a convenience style grab-and-go market that also sells hot food off a traditional menu.

He said in the event that Covid makes a resurgence he wants to be able to continue serving the community through access to food and other grocery commodities like eggs and bread.

“We will sell barbecue, of course,” Bercovitch said. He said customers can order hot off the menu or they can get a grab and go style meal complete with sides. Breakfast will be served all day as well.

Bercovitch also hopes to carry items including fresh farm eggs, fresh-made bread, fresh milk, specialty items like assorted tea baskets and other homemade goods from the local artisans.

He said they are currently on Facebook, search for Berco’s Market and a website is coming soon. The hours of operation are 7 a.m to 8 p.m, daily. They are located at 12133 NM-14 in Cedar Crest. 505-281-1145.

Banthalope Studios

Charles Chapin established his home-based business Banthalope Studios in 2018 in Moriarty, after returning home to New Mexico in 2017.

Chapin spent 20 years traveling coast to coast. He worked as a tattoo artist for many years and had a successful shop in Georgia. He said he sold the shop, then worked for three years learning how to fabricate metal.

He said he was looking for another mode of artistic expression after leaving the tattooing industry. After learning how to fabricate metal, Chapin was missing home and decided to come back to the state and work as a metal artist.

Banthalope Studios is a private art studio and home-based business. Chapin’s artwork can also be found in art galleries. He currently has work at the Roadrunner Gallery in Madrid and is hoping to get into more local galleries in the near future.

He offers computer number control cutting (CNC plasma cutting tool) metal fabrications, vinyl signs, HVLP finishes (high volume low pressure spraying tool) and other custom metal work including, parts for builders and designers, metal signs, wall art, address markers, shooting targets, custom welding and metal fabrication. He can design and cut vinyl signs for glass store fronts, doors, boats, company vehicles and other equipment. Chapin said he is currently trying to focus more on CNC work.

Contact Chapin through his website at or to or 505-216-8189. Chapin can meet clients locally for a free consultation.


Steven Mor and Shumane Bailey opened a brick and mortar Envirokleen in Edgewood in 2019. Envirokleen is a full-service waterless carwash, using an average of two gallons a water a day. They use a high pressure steaming and decontamination process, citrus-based detergents that are vegan-friendly, biodegradable and organic plant-based surfactants.

The Edgewood location has been so successful that Envirokleen has partnered with the Old 66 Carwash in Tijeras, working out of the bay next to the office as a “detail and protection center.”

He said they wanted to offer their services to “that part of the East Mountains and the Albuquerque Heights area.” He said they have the same set-up as the Edgewood location.

He said since their initial launch in Edgewood, Envirokleen has also teamed up with East Mountain Auto Glass, making them a “one stop shop” for car needs.

In addition to the new partnerships, the business is also offering a monthly membership called “Monthly Wash Club.” The wash club provides members with unlimited wash and chip repairs on their vehicles and a 50% discount on all other washing services. Additionally, members do not need to make an appointment to have their car washed.

Mor said they are also changing the layout of the Edgewood facility to include a a multi-lane wash stations which will be covered by a canopy. He said the new look will be ready on June 8.

Envirokleen is on Facebook and is still working on a website. They are located at 2 George Ct, across from Dollar Tree, and can be reached at 505-907-1425 or 505-377-9763.

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