Biz Buzz: Registering your vehicle, adopt-a-granny, and the mysteries of art

With new businesses sprouting up around the East Mountains and Estancia Valley, and with others moving, expanding or making changes, The Independent is running a regular business feature to keep the community up to date.

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Tag It! is a business in Edgewood that offers vehicle services. Rebecca Berreras opened in March after working for the Moriarty MVD for 14 years.

She said she enjoyed the work of the MVD but realized there was a need for vehicle services in Edgewood, making it the first service of its kind in the town.

Tag It! offers a slower pace and environment compared to any motor vehicle department in the sense that time is afforded to educating people and helping them one-on-one with no time limits—and despite that the wait time is a fraction of the MVD.

Tag It! is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours coming soon, and is closed on weekends. It offers a range of vehicle services, which include titles for $23, title transfers for $23, registration renewal for $10, temporary tags and VIN inspections. Temporary tags have varying prices because there are different types; VIN inspections start at $15 if it’s a stand-alone inspection (doesn’t include title transfer), and with an out-of-state transfer there is no charge.

Tag It! is the only East Mountain location that can do VIN inspections off site. They charge $15 plus mileage and will travel anywhere. The preferred areas are the East Mountains, but Berreras understands there are plenty of people in New Mexico that can benefit from the company’s willingness to travel. To date, the farthest they have gone is Tajique.

Tag It! is located at 1943 Old Route 66, Suite D in Edgewood. Contact them at 505-926-9015 or by fax at 505-926-9016.

Anu-U Salon has a new location and new addition to the business. The new location is near its former spot, and the addition to the business is Gossip Alley Boutique.

Tammy Winters opened the salon in 2008 and was originally located in Moriarty. In 2011 she moved to Edgewood. The latest move is her second store in Edgewood. Anu-U is a full-service salon. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

They offer hair, nails and waxing. The price range for haircuts is $10 to $25. Hair coloring is $35 to $150. Perms are $35 to $150. Manicures and pedicures are $15 to $50. Waxing is $8 to $35.

They offer senior discounts daily. Walk-ins are welcome or one can schedule an appointment. The salon will also be starting a program called “Adopt-a-Granny,” which will involve offering some pampering to local ladies. They will be determined according to email submissions which describe the lives of senior women in the area. The salon wants to pamper women who may not be able to afford it, or who have suffered a great loss or illness—women who may not be able to get out of the house much.

Gossip Alley Boutique will have its grand opening Oct. 20. Opened by Reba Case as a way to showcase local artists, artisans, crafters and tradesman. The idea behind the boutique is to join her co-op for a monthly fee of $50.

The fee ensures space for local products to be sold. The prices are determined by the various contributors ranging anywhere from $3 to $250. They have the same hours of operation as the salon as they share a wall in the same space, but the Boutique is hoping to extend its hours to include weekends during the upcoming holiday season. Both businesses are located at 8 George Ct. Suite B, in Edgewood, and can be reached at 505-286-4494.

Inconceivable Artistry is a business that is relatively new to Moriarty. Chelle Slack and Francis Hill opened the doors a year ago, but had to temporarily close after a break-in in February of this year. They were closed for a couple of months for remodeling and to fix the damage.

Inconceivable Artistry is an art-based business. “The purpose [of Inconceivable Artistry] is to bring beauty into the world by creating an engaging, inclusive, inviting and supportive space for all arts in New Mexico, so that everyone has an opportunity to blossom into artists,” Slack said.

They offer a wide range of art-related products and activities which include classes, beadwork, clothing, jewelry, wood work, performing arts, sculpture, crochet, greeting cards and clothing. “Anything that has to do with art,” added Slack. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are closed Sundays and Mondays.

Inconceivable Artistry offers two free classes a month to the community, one geared towards children and the other to adults. Classes are $20 to $45 per class and include ceramics, jewelry making, wire wrapping, crocheting, earring-making, and stringing.

They also have a café in house which offers free hot beverages to patrons. They also have a children’s area so kids are not left with idle hands while parents shop. They also offer on-call custom art.

Find the business online at inconceivableartistry.com, and on Facebook. It’s located at 801 Route 66 Suit C, Moriarty and can be reached at 505-832-4284, or for custom artwork 303-601-0320.